While Trump Rails At Woodward Book For Being ‘Fiction,’ His Fury Grows At Aides For ‘Leaking’

on August 21, 2018 in Charleston, West Virginia.
CHARLESTON, WV - AUGUST 21: President Donald Trump speaks a rally at the Charleston Civic Center on August 21, 2018 in Charleston, West Virginia. Paul Manafort, a former campaign manager for Trump and a longtime pol... CHARLESTON, WV - AUGUST 21: President Donald Trump speaks a rally at the Charleston Civic Center on August 21, 2018 in Charleston, West Virginia. Paul Manafort, a former campaign manager for Trump and a longtime political operative, was found guilty in a Washington court today of not paying taxes on more than $16 million in income and lying to banks where he was seeking loans. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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In his classic contradictory fashion, President Donald Trump has simultaneously been attacking Bob Woodward’s White House memoir as “fiction” and growing increasingly livid with aides he thinks leaked to the veteran reporter, according to a Monday Politico report.

Two former aides in particular, Gary Cohn and Rob Porter, are the subjects of his wrath. One of the most lasting images from the book, “Fear,” involves Cohn snatching papers off Trump’s desk when he wasn’t looking to prevent him from pulling out of NAFTA.

As Politico points out, Trump is very comfortable voicing contradictory viewpoints. On Russia: there is no collusion, but collusion is not a crime. On Kim Jong Un: “little rocket man” or “very talented” man with “great personality.” On Woodward: “you’ve always been fair” or calling him an “idiot.”

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