Donald Trump announced Danger on Friday by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa more than two months after it was published, and its revelations about the former president flooded the media.
“His unbelievable that anyone is even allowed write things like that, ”Trump wrote in a statement.
He called the Watergate legend Woodward “a longtime con man,” and Kosta was “an easy lapdog.”
Trump appears to have been particularly outraged by revelations that the United States may be dangerously close to a war with China due to its unpredictability following its defeat in the 2020 elections and subsequent violence on January 6 at the US Capitol.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milli, was so alarmed by the possibility of war that he personally phoned General Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army twice to assure him that the US would not strike, according to the book, which Milli publicly confirmed. …
Milli also spoke with a number of other defense chiefs around the world to calm them down following the Capitol riot, according to Peril, released on September 21.
When the book’s anecdotes were first revealed, Trump called Millie “dumb.” In a statement Friday, Trump called it “one of the stupid generals“And reiterated the previous comment that if Millie did call China, he” should be tried for high treason. “
“I never even had a thought about a war with China, except for the war that I won, which was on TRADE,” he wrote.
Woodward and Costa, in a statement to HuffPost, responding to Trump’s attack, said in their book that Milli “believes Trump does not want war,” but that “Trump’s provocations and willingness to launch military strikes could lead to war.”
Two days after the January 6 riots, “we reported that the Chinese are concerned that the uprising means the United States under Trump and two weeks before he leaves office will be unstable and even crumbling,” the authors note. “China, Russia and Iran have raised military alert … It was a dangerous national security crisis.”
In terms of the trade war, while Trump imposed huge tariffs on goods from China to force the country to enter into a trade agreement, the trade deal his administration struck in 2019 is ultimately considered a failure.
Trump also argued that China was injecting millions of dollars in tariffs into the US Treasury, but in reality the tariffs are paid by American importers, not China. A 2019 study estimated that Trump’s trade war cost American businesses and consumers $ 3 billion a month.
Trump’s statement was posted by his paid assistant Liz Harrington on her Twitter account. She publishes each of his statements, sometimes several a day, although Trump has been banned from Twitter.
Twitter has “evasion policy“Which prohibits the use of other accounts as a platform for blocked users, but the company took no action against Harrington.
This story was augmented by comments from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa in response to Trump’s attacks.