Defense Secretary James Mattis said President Trump acted just like and had the comprehension of “a fifth- or sixth-grader” regarding the Korean peninsula, reveals Bob Woodward’s forthcoming book, “Fear: Trump in the White House”, The Washington Post reported.
The Post report recounts a US National Security Council meeting which happened on Jan. 19 where Trump questioned the U.S. government spending in South Korea, and played down the importance of having a large U.S. military presence in the Korean peninsula.
Trump also disregarded the significance of an intelligence operation set up in South Korea that would let the U.S. detect a missile coming from North Korea in just seven seconds, rather than the 15 minutes it would take from Alaska.
“We’re doing this in order to prevent World War III,” James Mattis told President Trump.
Following the meeting, “Mattis was particularly exasperated and alarmed, telling close associates that the president acted like — and had the understanding of — ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader.'”
Woodward’s new book is set for released next week. The explosive book “reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies,” as described on Amazon.
Woodward, renowned for his work involving the Watergate investigation, wrote books on the past two presidential administrations as well.