THE BOOK: White House chief of staff John Kelly is quoted in the book as saying of Trump: “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in crazytown.”
THE RESPONSE: In a statement, Kelly is quoted as saying, “The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true, in fact it’s exactly the opposite.” He added, “He and I both know this story is total BS.”
Trump added: “Thank you General Kelly, book is total fiction!”
THE BOOK: Trump has made no secret of his fury with Attorney General Jeff Sessions over Sessions’ recusal from the investigation into Russian election interference. In the book, Trump says of the former Alabama senator: “This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner.”
THE RESPONSE: Trump, who held one of his first big campaign rallies in Sessions’ home state, tweeted: “The already discredited Woodward book, so many lies and phony sources, has me calling Jeff Sessions ‘mentally retarded’ and ‘a dumb southerner.’ I said NEITHER, never used those terms on anyone, including Jeff, and being a southerner is a GREAT thing.”
THE BOOK: Rudy Giuliani tried to defend the then-presidential candidate in 2016 shortly before Election Day after a recording leaked of Trump boasting of groping women. The “Access Hollywood” tape was “reprehensible,” Giuliani said on five network shows, and besides, Trump had apologized. On CNN, Giuliani agreed that Trump’s words were offensive.
“Rudy, you’re a baby!” Trump told him. “I’ve never seen a worse defense of me in my life. They took your diaper off right there. You’re like a little baby that needed to be changed. When are you going to be a man?” He went on to say, “You’re weak, Rudy.”