President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with the Emir of Kuwait Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump called himself “tough as hell on people” as he attacked Bob Woodward’s new book, and blasted Nike over its controversial ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick.
‘TOUGH AS HELL’
Trump again ripped Woodward’s book “Fear: Trump in the White House,” suggesting libel laws should be changed. But he appeared to support at least one of the book’s themes: that he’s harsh and sometimes insulting to those who work for him.
“I’m tough as hell on people & if I weren’t, nothing would get done. Also, I question everybody & everything-which is why I got elected!” he said on Twitter. Trump has denied specific parts of the book, such as his calling Attorney General Jeff Sessions “mentally retarded.” “Don’t know why Washington politicians don’t change libel laws?” he asked.
He told reporters he thought the book was released to interfere with the hearings for his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, which he said he’d watched for a while Wednesday. “The book means nothing. It’s a work of fiction,” Trump said while in the Oval Office with the emir of Kuwait.
See: Kavanaugh won’t answer ‘hypothetical’ presidential self-pardon question.
Also read: White House dismisses Woodward’s book as ‘fabricated stories.’
CANADA COMMENTS AND MEETING WITH LAWMAKERS
As U.S. and Canadian negotiators met to discuss a trade deal, Trump said, “we have to make a fair deal with Canada.”
“We’ll see how it works out. If it doesn’t work out it that’s going to be fine for the country, for our country,” Trump said, echoing similar threats he has made in the past about reworking the North American Free Trade Agreement. “Over the next day or two we’ll see what happens.”
See: Nafta talks restart under pressure from Trump.
Trump was also scheduled to meet Republican congressional leaders, as well as host sheriffs from across the country.
Trump has backed away from his threat to shut down the government at the end of September, saying there’s no urgency for get money for a border wall with Mexico. “I think that after midterms, we’re going to have a very serious discussion because we want border security. We have to have it,” he told the Daily Caller.