Former White House aide pushes back on book

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to have his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in June 2017 at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, according to American journalist and author Bob Woodward.

The book includes multiple specific allegations of high-ranking staff members questioning the president's competence and circumventing some of his decisions, as well as Trump bad-mouthing top aides.

"You've got to deny, deny, deny and push back on these women", Trump said, according to Woodward.

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.

According to Mr Woodward, Mr Trump had to be told by his Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis that spending in these areas was necessary to "prevent World War Three".

"You crank out the great Washington denial machine", he says. "And I'm not sure how he's going to handle it". "I understand people have to protect their positions. 'I'm not making a deal on anything until we get minerals.' And the United States 'must stop payments to Pakistan until they cooperate'".

"The people are not anonymous to me", he says of his sources.

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Cohn did not detail his complaints with the book, telling Axios: "I am proud of my service in the Trump Administration, and I continue to support the President and his economic agenda". But the president ended up ignoring his aides' proposed edits and "did what he wanted", Woodward wrote. The tweets attracted widespread attention and concern - "the Internet lost its collective mind", as Woodward wrote in his book.

Trump, meanwhile, has dismissed the book as a "scam" filled with "made up" quotes.

Mattis issued a statement, tweeted at least twice by Trump, saying, "The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence".

Nothing of significance has emerged from the efforts to exploit Afghanistan's minerals, but Trump's Afghanistan-centric South Asia strategy, unveiled in August 2017, said the USA would stay with additional troops.

"She's obsessed with Barron", one person told Woodward.

Asked later whether the White House would list all the things in Woodward's book that are wrong, Sanders said such an exercise "would be a complete and utter waste of our time, so no".

"As anyone who has worked for Trump knows and I think that establishes this also", Woodward told Perino, "that it's very hard to control Trump". "It's critical: Who is this person and why are they masking themselves in this way?"

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