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Mon Sep 14, 2020, 12:26 PM

Woodward: Trump raged when told Israel-UAE deal wouldn't make book

Source: The Guardian and agencies

Woodward: Trump raged when told Israel-UAE deal wouldn't make book

Author says president’s tweet declaring the book ‘fake’ followed conversation in which he warned: ‘It’s a tough book’

Martin Pengelly in New York
Mon 14 Sep 2020 13.38 BST

Donald Trump asked Bob Woodward to include the deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates in his book Rage, the author said on Sunday night – and when told that was not possible, tweeted that the book was “gonna be fake”.

Woodward’s book is based on 17 on-the-record conversations with the president and has stoked huge controversy, seemingly guaranteeing equally huge sales when it hits shelves on Tuesday. Simon & Schuster’s initial print run was reportedly 1.3m copies.

Trump’s confession that he played down the danger from the coronavirus has dealt him a severe blow as his re-election fight against Joe Biden continues. To boost that campaign, the administration has presented a series of diplomatic deals as evidence of success on the world stage.

In an interview with CBS 60 Minutes, Woodward said he spoke to Trump again on 14 August.

“It’s a tough book,” Woodward said he told the president. “There are going to be things that you are not gonna like, judgments that I made.”


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/14/woodward-trump-rage-book-israel-uae-deal

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