MAT­TIS, KELLY PRO­TECT­ING THEIR JOBS, NOT TELLING TRUTH: WOOD­WARD

Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

Long­time jour­nal­ist Bob Wood­ward said Mon­day that De­fence Sec­re­tary Jim Mat­tis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly “are not telling the truth” when they deny mak­ing dis­parag­ing state­ments about Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump at­trib­uted to them in his new book, “Fear.”

Kelly is quoted call­ing Trump “an id­iot,” and Mat­tis is quoted say­ing Trump has the un­der­stand­ing of “a fifth or sixth-grader,” but they’ve said they didn’t make those state­ments.

Wood­ward, asked on Mon­day on NBC’s To­day show about their de­nials, said, “They are not telling the truth.” He said “th­ese are po­lit­i­cal state­ments to pro­tect their jobs.”

Trump, though, has called the book “fic­tion.” Since ex­cerpts were re­leased last week, Trump has ac­cused Wood­ward of mak­ing up quotes at­trib­uted to him and oth­ers.

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