In August 2017, the New York Times reported that Cohn had drafted a resignation letter over Trump referred to white supremacists in Charlottesville as "very fine people". "Let's go in. Let's kill the fucking lot of them", Trump told the Pentagon chief.
The news outlet reports that he also suggested that the Justice Department investigate who penned the op-ed, adding that the "resistance" inside the White House that the author claimed was active was "subverting the will of the people".
"These people, these are political statements to protect their jobs, totally understandable", he said.
It was not clear how aggressive White House efforts were to root out the op-ed writer, though a person close to the White House who was not authorized to speak publicly said officials had focused in on a few names.
"And, that's how you end the book". Mattis then allegedly turned to an aide and said he would ignore Trump's demand.
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Trump also derided his predecessor's return to politics.
Cohn, who served as Trump's economic adviser before leaving over disagreements about trade policy, issued a similarly weak rebuttal to the book. According to Woodward, Trump made this comment during a Situation Room meeting in the White House on July 19 previous year, almost three weeks after he had a very successful meeting with Modi at the White House on June 26.
"To be clear, a number of the statements attributed to me and from others to me in the Woodward book are incorrect. Woodward would have performed rudimentary journalistic fact checking with those he was quoting, he would have had a more accurate book rather than just being a stenographer for Mr. Bannon's self-aggrandizing revisionist history". Dems can't stand losing.
The book portrays President Donald Trump as erratic and impetuous, and surrounded by a staff trying to restrain him from his worst instincts. In the book, which has been previewed by The Washington Post, Kelly is said to have called the president an "idiot", while Mattis reportedly compared Trump's intellect to that of a "fifth or sixth grader".