The US president wanted Syrian President Bashar Assad to be assassinated in 2017, however, his Secretary of Defense ignored the request. That’s what Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” says.
According to the Washington Post, the book shows that top US leaders disobeyed Trump’s orders to limit what they saw as dangerous behavior. The publication shows Trump as impulsive in his decisions and a climate of chaos and nervousness pervading his team.
According to Woodward’s text, Trump told his Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, that he wanted the Syrian president killed after news of chemical attacks in Syria in April 2017.
Mattis replied that he would, however, developed a limited air strike plan to prevent Assad from being threatened. According to the book, Mattis told his associates that the US president acted like a child.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the book was “made up stories, many of them by disgruntled employees told to make the president look bad.”
In an interview with the Daily Caller, Trump denied the book’s allegations, calling it “dirty,” saying it’s another bad book. The president also said that Woodward has “many problems of credibility.”
Bob Woodward gained fame after writing about the Watergate scandal in the 1970s. Since then he has written several books about the backstage in the White House. His new book will be released on September 11.
If true, it is especially more startling considering in his campaign to become president he often vilified attempts to embroil the US in the Syrian war. However, since becoming president, he has attacked Syrian Army positions and continues to fund jihadists who want to topple the secular government and impose a radical caliphate. This is part of the US’ long, but failing march towards global hegemony, with Syria just being the latest front for this pursuit.