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Trump promises a ‘real book’ on his White House

A copy of Bob Woodward's “Fear” is photographed Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in New York. (Mark Lennihan / Associated Press)

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Monday that he will write a “real book” about his time in the White House, as he continued to seek to discredit other efforts to chronicle his chaotic tenure.

In a morning tweet, Trump leveled his latest criticism against a forthcoming book by veteran journalist Bob Woodward, calling it “just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults” and branding it “fiction.”

The Woodward book is a scam. I don’t talk the way I am quoted. If I did I would not have been elected President. These quotes were made up. The author uses every trick in the book to demean and belittle. I wish the people could see the real facts - and our country is doing GREAT!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2018

Woodward has said he stands by the reporting in his book, which offers a harrowing portrayal of Trump’s tenure, with aides seeking to curb his worst impulses and Trump denigrating some of those who work around him, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“Dems can’t stand losing. I’ll write the real book!” Trump said in his tweet.

During his business career, Trump authored nearly 20 books, including “The Art of the Deal.” Most of the books had ghost writers. During the 2016 Republican primaries, Trump also released a book titled, “Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again.”

In recent days, Trump has accused Woodward of making up quotes and mused about changing U.S. libel laws in an effort to better position himself to seek “retribution.” He has also accused Woodward of being a Democratic operative, which he is not.

As part Trump’s efforts to discredit Woodward on Monday, he wrote another tweet in which he quoted Washington Examiner reporter Katelyn Caralle as saying, “You cannot take this book too seriously.” Caralle’s Examiner biography notes that she first came to Washington as an intern for the Heritage Foundation in 2016.

In other tweets Monday morning, Trump claimed that the White House, which has experienced significant staff turnover and other tumult, is a “smooth running machine” and touted economic figures under his leadership.

“We are making some of the biggest and most important deals in our country’s history – with many more to come! The Dems are going crazy!” Trump wrote.