Woodward describes Trump as a ‘bulldozer’ who ignores advice from White House staff

Washington Post editor Bob Woodward said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats, advocates seethe over Florida voting rights ruling Russian jets identified in Trump campaign ad calling for support for the troops Democratic Senate candidate ‘hesitant’ to get COVID-19 vaccine if approved this year MORE is a “bulldozer” who ignores guidance from White House aides.

I think there was denial across the board,” Woodward told the Post on Tuesday.

Trump gave 18 on-the-record interviews with Woodward for the journalist’s new book, titled “Rage,” his second on Trump’s presidency. Recordings and excerpts of Woodward’s interviews with Trump were released last week.

Among dozens of revelations in Woodward’s reporting, Trump privately acknowledged to the journalist in early February that COVID-19 was “deadly,” even as he publicly dismissed concerns about the novel coronavirus around the same time.

“He’s a bulldozer to the staff and, quite frankly, to the country,” Woodward told the Post, where he works as an associate editor. “And he just says what he wants, and so there’s no control. And this is one of the problems of the Trump presidency, that he doesn’t build a team. He doesn’t plan.”

The president has often touted his decision to cut off travel to China early in the pandemic, though Woodward said that decision was suggested by other administration officials, not Trump.

“My reporting shows that it was the doctors and the national security team that told the president that he needed to do this, and he okayed it,” Woodward said. “And if this was such a big deal, he would have gone out and announced it. Instead, he sent the secretary of health and human services, [Alex] Azar, to announce it.”

Trump claimed Tuesday that he read Woodward’s book “very quickly” and found it to be “boring.”

When asked if the claims in the book were accurate, Trump said they were “fine” and doubled down on his previous defense of his decision to downplay the virus, claiming he did not want to incite panic.

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Sarah Sanders describes former WH colleague as a ‘foulmouthed Jew’

  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the former White House press secretary, describes one of her former colleagues as a “foulmouthed Jew” in her new memoir. 
  • Josh Raffel was brought on to the White House communications team by Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, and Sanders describes him as “liberal.” 
  • Sanders said she and Raffel eventually became close friends during their time working together. Raffel left the White House in 2018. 
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Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders describes one of her former colleagues as a “foulmouthed Jew” in her new memoir. 

In “Speaking for Myself: Faith Freedom, and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House,” Sanders describes former White House communications team colleague Josh Raffel as “a liberal, aggressive, foulmouthed Jew from New York City,” according to Jewish Insider, which obtained a preview copy of the book. 

Despite being “pretty much his total opposite,” Sanders, born in Hope, Arkansas, says she grew to love Raffel during their time working together.

“He is one of the funniest people I know, intensely loyal, and probably the most talented communications strategist I’ve ever worked with,” Sanders writes. “Nobody in the White House could work a story better than Josh, and he was always one of the first colleagues I turned to for help on the toughest assignments.” 

During his time working at the White House, Raffel was the spokesperson for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. He left the White House in 2018, returning to his work as a senior vice president of Hiltzik Strategies and head of marketing and communications at Blumhouse Productions. 

Jewish Insider reached out to Raffel about Sanders’ book, and he described her as a “close friend.” 

In another chapter of the book, President Trump told Sanders to go to North Korea and take “one for the team” after Kim Jong Un appeared to wink at her, she said in a new memoir, according to The Guardian.

Sanders said that during a summit between Trump and Kim in Singapore in 2018, “Kim nodded and appeared to wink at me.”

“Well, Sarah, that settles it. You’re going to North Korea and taking one for the team!” Trump told her, Sanders said. “Your husband and kids will miss you, but you’ll be a hero to your country!”

Sanders served as White House Press Secretary under President Trump from 2017 to 2019. 

 

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