Everyone in the Trump White House thinks everyone else is stupid — and that's putting it lightly.
President Trump, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and pretty much everyone else at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. slung insults and hatred on the daily, per anecdotes included in Bob Woodward's forthcoming book, Fear. The book, which was obtained by The Washington Post, also reveals that Trump called deriding white supremacists after the deadly Charlottesville protests in 2017 a "mistake."
Fear is based on documents and hundreds of hours of interviews with anonymous aides and officials, the Post notes — though it includes no comments from Trump himself. It notably describes former National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn's growing contempt of the president, which came to a head when Trump condemned "both sides" for violence at the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which was met with counterprotesters.
Per Fear, Trump told aides that his light condemnation of neo-Nazis was the "biggest f---ing mistake I've made." Cohn reportedly tried to resign after Trump's "both sides" remark, but Trump convinced him to stay on, Woodward reveals. Kelly was apparently similarly disgusted with Trump's response and told Cohn he would've "shoved [a resignation letter] up [Trump's] ass six different times." Kelly has threatened to quit what he's called "the worst job I've ever had" several times, Woodward reports, and reportedly declared Trump an "idiot" in charge of a White House dubbed "Crazytown."
Other reporting in Fear quotes Trump calling Attorney General Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded," and says the president wanted to "f---ing kill" Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus reportedly summed up the whole White House as putting "a snake and a rat and a falcon and a rabbit and a shark and a seal in a zoo without walls," so things naturally "start getting nasty and bloody."
Update 3:33 p.m. ET: The White House offered a response to Woodward's reporting and also shared a statement from Kelly denying that he'd called Trump an "idiot." Read both below.
The White House responds to the Woodward book, calling it “nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees.” (There is also a long list of admin accomplishments, including economic, foreign policy, and SCOTUS) pic.twitter.com/ab1YxEh2uC
When former Vice President Joe Biden stepped up to honor the late Sen. John McCain on Thursday, he was quick to address the obvious: He's a Democrat, and McCain was a Republican. Yet McCain, who died at 81 on Saturday, had no problem staying friends with Biden even when they were running opposing races for the White House.
Biden was among the politicians, athletes, and longtime friends who eulogized McCain at an Arizona memorial service Thursday. Their decades-long friendship launched when McCain served as the Senate's Navy liaison, and they'd discuss everything but the deaths of Biden's first wife and McCain's captivity in Vietnam, Biden said.
Biden did mention one tragedy: the loss of his son Beau to the same brain cancer McCain had been diagnosed with. He used his experience to comfort McCain's family, saying that while they may often feel as broken as "that day [they] got the news" of McCain's death, they will eventually "make it."
Joe Biden on remembering and mourning John McCain in the months to come:
McCain and Biden's brotherhood persisted as they'd sit next to each other in the Senate — a bipartisan attitude Biden passionately wished would return. McCain's death hit America so hard because he seemed to be "a man from another age," Biden said. But if Americans follow McCain's "optimistic" example, they can "restore ... regular order" to the Senate and the country.
"Even though John is no longer with us he left us pretty clear instructions. 'Believe always in the promise and greatness of America because nothing is inevitable here,'" Joe Biden says at John McCain's memorial service. https://t.co/yslvNFA49Opic.twitter.com/2lYmjiuJuW
A Colorado woman who went missing five days ago has been found alive in the crunched remains of her car after it plunged over 100 feet down an embankment. A passerby spotted the vehicle Sunday and alerted authorities that Kristin Hopkins, a mother of four, somehow survived the crash without food or water for nearly a week.
Investigators are trying to figure out how her Chevrolet Malibu fell off the cliff, dropped 120 feet down, rolled another 200 feet, and eventually settled on its roof while being pinned against large trees. The 43-year-old left several notes on an umbrella she pushed out the broken rear view window, with one saying: "Six days, no food, no water; please help me; need a doctor." Rescuers found her coherent and conscious, but bleeding badly.
Hopkins was transported to a local hospital where both of her feet were amputated Monday. She is expected to survive. -- Jordan Valinsky