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Trump promises a 'real book' on his White House

President Donald Trump speaks at a joint fundraising committee reception in Sioux Falls, S.D., Sept. 7, 2018. (Doug Mills/The New York Times/Copyright 2018)

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Monday that he will write a "real book" about his time in the White House, as he continued to seek to discredit other efforts to chronicle his chaotic tenure.

In a morning tweet, Trump leveled his latest criticism against a forthcoming book by veteran journalist Bob Woodward, calling it "just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults" and branding it "fiction."

Woodward has said he stands by the reporting in his book, which offers a harrowing portrayal of Trump's tenure, with aides seeking to curb his worst impulses, and Trump denigrating some of those who work around him, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"Dems can't stand losing. I'll write the real book!" Trump said in his tweet.

During his business career, Trump wrote nearly 20 books, including "The Art of the Deal." Most of the books had ghost writers. During the 2016 Republican primaries, Trump also released a book titled, "Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again."

In recent days, Trump has accused Woodward of making up quotes and mused about changing U.S. libel laws in an effort to better position himself to seek "retribution."

On Monday, Trump called Woodward "a liar who is like a Dem operative prior to the Midterms" following an appearance by Woodward on NBC's "Today" show.

During the interview, Woodward, an associate editor at The Washington Post, defended his reporting in light of denials of material in the book attributed to White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.

"They are not telling the truth," Woodward said, adding: "These people, these are political statements to protect their jobs, totally understandable."

Asked whether he was shocked by what he uncovered in his book, Woodward said: "I've never seen an instance when the president is so detached from the reality of what's going on."

As part Trump's efforts to discredit Woodward on Monday, he wrote another tweet in which he quoted Washington Examiner reporter Katelyn Caralle as saying, "You cannot take this book too seriously." Caralle's Examiner biography notes that she first came to Washington as an intern for the conservative Heritage Foundation in 2016.

In other tweets Monday morning, Trump claimed that the White House, which has experienced significant staff turnover and other tumult, is a "smooth running machine" and touted economic figures under his leadership.

"We are making some of the biggest and most important deals in our country's history - with many more to come! The Dems are going crazy!" Trump wrote.


This article was written by John Wagner, a reporter for The Washington Post.