Woodward: Mattis, Kelly denials of his book, cites false

FILE – June 11, 2012 file photo shows former Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward speaking during an event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Watergate in Washington. Woodward says top members of President Donald Trump of the administration “not telling the truth”, when they refuse incendiary statements about Trump attributed to them in his new book. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, file)

WASHINGTON – Veteran journalist Bob Woodward, says Defence Minister Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly “not telling the truth”, when they refuse to make incendiary statements about President Donald Trump attributed to them in his new book, “Fear.”

Kelly is quoted calling Trump “an idiot”, while Mattis is quoted saying Trump has the meaning of “a fifth or sixth-grader.” They have denied making the statements.

Early Monday on NBC’s “Today” show about their denials, Woodward said: “They are not telling the truth.” He said: “these are political statements to protect their jobs.”

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Woodward said that “often” a source says something to him and then publicly denies it after publication.

Trump has called the book “fiction”.

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