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September 4, 2018

Bob Woodward's forthcoming exposé is full of explosive accounts of life inside the Trump administration. But the White House wants you to know it's all untrue.

Excerpts of Woodward's Fear were published by The Washington Post on Tuesday, ahead of the book's release next week. The Post also released a phone call between President Trump and Woodward, in which Trump says Woodward has "always been fair" and blames staffers for never telling him that the reporter wanted to talk.

In Fear, aides say Trump called condemning neo-Nazis after the deadly Charlottesville rally the "biggest f---ing mistake I've made." White House Chief of Staff John Kelly also reportedly called Trump an "idiot" in charge of "Crazytown." White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to the Fear excerpts in a Tuesday statement, saying they're "nothing more than fabricated stories" that came from "disgruntled" ex-employees "told to make the president look bad." The administration's inner workings "aren't always pretty," she said, but they still "deliver unprecedented successes for the American people." A statement from Kelly declared he never called the president an idiot, and that allegations otherwise were "total BS."

Trump said later Tuesday that Woodward "had a lot of credibility problems" in an interview with the conservative Daily Caller. So instead of looking at Woodward's book when it's published next week, the White House would rather you take a peek at this long list of Trump administration accomplishments, which it attached to its Woodward statement. Kathryn Krawczyk

July 13, 2018

Everything changes in the daylight.

The morning after slamming U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan, President Trump has flipped his stance. In a joint press conference Friday, Trump affirmed that the U.K. could exit the EU however it wants, so long as "we can still trade together. That's all that matters." May agreed Britain's withdrawal from the EU wouldn't compromise trade with America.

Trump's comments mark a change in tone from a bombastic interview he gave to British tabloid The Sun. In the interview, which was published online Thursday night, the president declared that he would've shaped May's Brexit plan "much differently." May's slow EU exit "will probably kill" a U.S.-U.K. trade deal, Trump told the tabloid, and he heaved praised on now ex-Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, who quit in protest of May's "soft" Brexit.

On Friday morning, Trump derided the whole interview as "fake news" because it didn't include all the good things he said about May. But it's all saved on "the good old recording instrument" the White House uses every time it deals with reporters, Trump said, and he welcomed everyone to take a listen. The Sun did publish its own audio of its interview with Trump, which you can listen to here. Kathryn Krawczyk

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