Donald Trump has claimed to have read Rage, the new book about his administration by Bob Woodward, in one evening, and to have found it âvery boringâ.
The Watergate reporterâs tome, published on Tuesday, is 392 pages long not including index, acknowledgments and notes on sources which chiefly consist of 18 on-the-record conversations with the president.
In Michael Wolffâs infamous book Fire and Fury, for example, the former economic adviser Gary Cohn is quoted as writing: âItâs worse than you can imagine â¦ Trump wonât read anything â not one-page memos, not the brief policy papers, nothing.â
Some have said Trump cannot read. The president âdidnât process information in any conventional senseâ, Wolff writes. âHe didnât read. He didnât really even skim. Some believed that for all practical purposes he was no more than semi-Âliterate.â
Nonetheless, the president claimed to have read Woodwardâs new book in one evening in an interview with Fox & Friends on Tuesday morning, saying âitâs like lightweight reading and he doesnât get itâ.
Rage has caused huge controversy, not least over Trump telling Woodward he knew the danger the coronavirus presented early on but played it down in public.
Asked âwhy on earth would the president of United States, sit down and talk to Bob Woodward something like 18 times on tapeâ â the two men also spoke in August, a conversation which did not make the book â Trump said: âWell, because I assumed he was a little bit fair.â
Woodward did not speak to Trump for his first book on the administration, Fear, which was released in 2018. Trump said he regretted that, but added: âHe only writes bad books and I actually got to read it last night. I read it very quickly and it was very boring.â
Trump referred to Woodwardâs partner in the Watergate story, Carl Bernstein, when he said: âThe Bernstein book was really boring, I have to tell you.â
Corrected by the Fox & Friends hosts, the president continued: âThe Woodward book and Bernsteinâs book, I read a Bernstein book, the guy canât write, but Woodwardâs book to me was very boring. It was very boring. It was inaccurate.
Asked about Bernsteinâs recent remark that Trumpâs handling of the pandemic, in which more than 190,000 have died in the US, makes him a âhomicidal presidentâ, Trump called the veteran reporter âa nutjobâ.
âThe guyâs a Democrat,â he said, without providing evidence of Woodwardâs political affiliation, which remains opaque. â[He] works with the Washington Post. I mean that tells you right there â¦ you know all about the Washington Post, you donât get a break with them. Look, you, you, if you want to remain sane just donât read it because what they do is disgraceful.â
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