Bob Woodward book says Trump offered advice to a friend who admitted 'bad behavior' toward women: 'Deny, deny, deny'

  • President Donald Trump offered up some advice to a friend who admitted "bad behavior" toward women, journalist Bob Woodward reports in his new book.
  • "You've got to deny, deny, deny and push back on these women," he told the person, Woodward wrote in his book, "Fear: Trump in the White House."

President Donald Trump offered up some advice to a friend who admitted he behaved poorly with women: "Deny, deny, deny" the allegations.

That's according to the explosive new book from journalist Bob Woodward, "Fear: Trump in the White House." 

"You've got to deny, deny, deny and push back on these women," he told the person, who was not named, Woodward reported. "If you admit to anything and any culpability, then you're dead. That was a big mistake you made. You didn't come out guns blazing and just challenge them. You showed weakness. You've got to be strong. You've got to be aggressive. You've got to push back hard. You've got to deny anything that's said about you. Never admit."

Claims made in journalist Bob Woodward's book on Trump's presidency
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Claims made in journalist Bob Woodward's book on Trump's presidency

Trump reportedly called Attorney General Jeff Sessions a 'dumb Southerner,' a 'traitor' and 'mentally retarded,' according to famed Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward's book, 'Fear: Trump in the White House.' 

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According to the book, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has called President Trump an 'idiot' and 'unhinged'. He also reportedly said 'this is the worst job I've ever had' and that 'we're in Crazytown'.


Trump wanted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed after the April 2017 chemical war attack on civilians. According to Woodward he said, 'let's f---ing kill him! Let's go in. Let's kill the f---ing lot of them.'

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reportedly told Trump they'd follow through on the plan against Assad and then told an aide, 'we're not going to do any of that'.

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Trump's former top economic adviser Gary Cohn allegedly 'stole a letter off Trump's desk' to avoid a potentially disastrous decision on trade.

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According to the book, Trump falsely claimed that the late Sen. John McCain used his father’s military rank to get early release from a prisoner-of-war camp in Vietnam.

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According to the book, Trump told aides that condemning white supremacists and neo-Nazis was the 'biggest f—-ing mistake' he's made following the Charlottesville rally.

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Woodward, of Watergate fame, included that reporting in a section of the book on Trump's relationship with his wife, Melania. Woodward wrote that Melania's primary concern was the couple's son, Barron.

Business Insider obtained a copy of the book, published by Simon & Schuster and set to be released Tuesday.

"She's obsessed with Barron," one person told Woodward. "That is her focus 100%." 

Woodward wrote that those who traveled with Trump regularly noticed that the couple shares a sincere affection, though Melania operated independently from Trump.

"They ate dinner together at times, spent some time together; but they never really seemed to merge their lives," Woodward wrote.

Politicians, lawmakers accused of sexual harassment, assault and misconduct
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Politicians, lawmakers accused of sexual harassment, assault and misconduct

Several women have come forward accusing President Donald Trump of unwanted touching or kissing. Trump has called the sexual harassment claims 'fake news.'

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U.S. Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh was accused by numerous women of sexual assault, including Dr. Christine Blasey Ford who claimed he assaulted her when the two were high school students in Maryland.

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Bill Clinton faced numerous allegations of sexual assault and misconduct while he was president of the United States, with accusers including Juanita Broaddrick, who accused him of rape, Kathleen Willey who said he groped her and Paula Jones who said he exposed himself to her without consent.

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Roy Moore faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with underaged girls.

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Several women have accused former President George H.W. Bush of groping them during photo ops.

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Sen. Al Franken resigned after he was accused of kissing and groping a woman without her consent during a United Service Organizations (USO) tour in 2006.

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A woman testified that her extra-martial affair with Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was not always consensual. The accuser claimed Greitens took a nude photo of her to use as blackmail and coerced her into having oral sex.

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was accused in May 2018 of physically abusing four women who he had been romantically involved with, according to The New Yorker.

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A former aide of Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., says she was fired after she refused his advances.

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Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, resigned after he was accused of asking former female staffers to be surrogate mothers for his child. 

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Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., was accused of making unwanted sexual advances to multiple women.

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Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, was accused of using taxpayer money for a sexual harassment settlement with his former communications director, according to Politico. He announced in December that he wouldn't be seeking reelection. 

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Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has been accused of unwanted sexual advances by former staffers.

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California Assemblymember Matt Dababneh was accused of masturbating in front of a woman in 2016, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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In 1992 multiple women came forward against Senator Brock Adams accusing him of sexually harassing, molesting or assaulting them.

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The Congressional Office of Compliance reportedly shelled out $100,000 to settle sexual harassment claims against U.S. Rep. Eric Massa, D-New York.

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Congressman Mark Foley, R-Florida, resigned in 2006 amid reports that he sent sexually explicit messages to at least one underage male former page. 

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Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., called a young former aide his 'soul mate,' but denied sexually harassing her.

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Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Kentucky, was facing sexual assault accusations and reportedly committed suicide.

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Former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner was sentenced in 2017 after pleading guilty to one count of sending obscene messages to a minor, ending an investigation into a "sexting" scandal that played a role in the 2016 US presidential election.

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Former U.S. Rep. David Wu, D-Oregon, resigned from his position in 2011 after accusations of an 'unwanted sexual encounter' from the 18-year-old daughter of a donor.

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Former Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain dropped out of the race in December 2011 amid accusations of sexual misconduct.

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Former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison in 2016 for attempting to skirt banking regulations in order to conceal hush money payments intended to cover up sex abuse allegations stemming from the time he was a high school wrestling coach at a far west suburban Chicago high school decades ago.

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Trump has publicly defended members of his staff and prominent Republicans who have been accused of wrongdoing by women. Trump stood up for former staff secretary Rob Porter, who was accused of spousal abuse by both of his ex-wives. They provided The Daily Mail with photographic evidence they said backed up their claims, which Porter has denied.

Trump also defended former Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who was running for an Alabama vacancy and was accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with teenagers when he was in his 30s.

Trump himself has faced accusations of sexual misconduct more than a dozen women during the 2016 presidential election. Trump denied those claims and insisted the women were lying.

Trump has taken aim at the Woodward book, repeatedly slamming it as "fiction" and "a scam" on Twitter.

Here are more details from the book so far:

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