BORIS Johnson was dubbed the British version of Donald Trump just “with better hair” by Barack Obama after a row over a bust of Winston Churchill. An explosive memoir about the former President’s time in office details his disastrous trip to the UK during the Brexit referendum. The account is revealed in the World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House by Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser and speechwriter for Mr Obama. He said the trip in April 2016 was “hastily arranged”, and saw the US leader say Britain would be “at the back of the queue” for a trade deal after Brexit, prompting widespread criticism. Mr Rhodes said then-Prime Minister David Cameron’s chief of staff Ed Llewellyn emailed him begging for a presidential visit in the run-up to the 2016 referendum. He pointed out that the polls were finely balanced and Mr Obama had an approval rating in the UK of more than 70 per cent. An extract from the book reads: … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson dubbed Donald Trump just ‘with better hair’ by Barack Obama after row over bust of Winston Churchill in Oval Office
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Dot Wordsworth 19 May 2018 9:00 AM 19 May 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp John Kelly, the White House Chief of Staff, has a way with words. During the invasion of Iraq in 2003 he was asked if the Marine Corps forces he led might be defeated by the strong Iraqi army defending Baghdad. ‘Hell these are Marines,’ he said. ‘Men like them held Guadalcanal and took Iwo Jima. Baghdad ain’t shit.’ Now he must cope with Donald Trump. At the end of last month it was reported, from an anonymous source, that he had remarked that the President was ‘becoming unhinged’. Before midnight that day, Mr Trump tweeted that ‘the Fake News is going crazy’ and ‘are totally unhinged’. Eleven minutes later, another tweet from him said: ‘Fake News is going “bonkers”!’ My husband said he thought bonkers was a Royal Navy word. Eric Partridge, that patient collector of … [Read more...] about Is Donald Trump really bonkers?
James Comey's explosive book is not even available to the public yet. But the president is already raging about its contents. The Independent, which live blogged the experience of reading the book, got early access to it ahead of its release this week. And it is precisely as strange, as shocking and as significant as the news about it shows – as you can see from the extracts collected below. It is a wide-ranging book that concentrates on everything from Mr Comey's childhood to his spectacular firing – and, potentially, beyond. But much of the focus has been on what he says about Donald Trump, and the insights he gives into the man at his most tense and shocked. Donald Trump's least presidential moments so far... 17 show all Donald Trump's least presidential moments so far... 1/17 Donald Trump appeared to equate US foreign actions to those of Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying, “There are a lot of killers. You think our country’s so … [Read more...] about James Comey book: The five strangest things we learnt from reading the explosive new book about Donald Trump
A new book from the FBI director fired by Donald Trump is revealing some of the most embarrassing parts of Donald Trump's life. James Comey's new book – an autobiography that focuses on his life, but the reception to which has focused on the parts that overlap with the president – shows some of the thinking behind Mr Trump's strangest decisions and behaviour. He also attacks the president's character, calling him unethical and "untethered to truth". It is the second book in recent months to cause great embarrassment to Donald Trump, revealing his secrets and new parts of his character. But Comey's book could be even more decisive than Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury – it is written from within the ongoing investigations into the president's connections with Russia, and is likely to serve as a key part of the evidence in those proceedings. Donald Trump's least presidential moments so far... 17 show all Donald Trump's least presidential moments so … [Read more...] about Comey book: Most embarrassing revelations about Donald Trump made by the fired FBI director
Donald Trump repeatedly asked ex-FBI director James Comey about now famous claims of lewd behaviour made in a spy dossier, according to his new book. The dossier had been compiled in advance of Mr Trump's election and became public in 2017. With that, some of the document's more scandalous claims were revealed: including an allegation that the president had engaged in strange behaviour at a hotel in Russia long before his election. The president has been clear in his denial that the allegations in the dossier were untrue, Mr Comey writes. But he appeared keen to prove that it was a lie to his wife Melania, Mr Comey claims, and so asked the FBI if it could prove it was a lie. Donald Trump's least presidential moments so far... 17 show all Donald Trump's least presidential moments so far... 1/17 Donald Trump appeared to equate US foreign actions to those of Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying, “There are a lot of killers. You think our country’s so … [Read more...] about James Comey reveals Donald Trump was obsessed with lewd claim made in Russia dossier