[Ed. – The aggregator sites are all melting down over the juicy allegations in the Woodward book, which is about the Trump White House. From the Washington Post’s article about the book, it looks like few if any sources are named, for specific quotes and allegations. That’s typical for Woodward. You’ll have to decide whom you find more credible: Mattis or Woodward.]
Defense Secretary James Mattis on Tuesday pushed back against a passage concerning him in journalist Bob Woodward’s forthcoming book, calling it “fiction” and “a product of someone’s rich imagination.”
The Watergate reporter wrote that Mattis once described President Trump as having the understanding of “a fifth- or sixth-grader” when it comes to the Korean Peninsula, according to The Washington Post.
“The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward’s book were never uttered by me or in my presence,” Mattis said in a statement. “While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility.”