Woodward also quotes Trump saying to Rudy Giuliani: “Rudy, you’re a baby,” Trump told the man who is now his personal attorney. “I’ve never seen a worse defense of me in my life. They took your diaper off right there. You’re like a little baby that needed to be changed. When are you going to be a man?”
And, Trump saying about Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner. … He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.”
Trump’s former lawyer in the Russia probe, John Dowd, is also said to have doubted Trump’s ability to avoid perjuring himself should he be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller.
The Washington Post also published the transcript and audio of a call between Woodward and Trump last month about the book in which Trump says the only way Woodward’s book could be accurate is if he writes, “that nobody’s ever done a better job than I’m doing as president.”
The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer defended Woodward on Twitter, writing. “I’ve been on the receiving end of a Bob Woodward book. There were quotes in it I didn’t like. But never once – never – did I think Woodward made it up. Anonymous sources have looser lips and may take liberties. But Woodward always plays is straight. Someone told it to him.”