(PresidentialWire.com)- New revelations about private conversations between former President Donald Trump and his Attorney General William Barr are coming to light.
As Bob Woodward, a famous journalist for the Washington Post who just released a new book “Peril” about the Trump presidency, said on Wednesday that Barr once told Trump that suburban voters “think you are a f—ing a–hole.” He also urged Trump to try to change his image so that he could win re-election in 2020.
As Woodward said about Barr to PBS in an interview he gave Wednesday:
“He wanted Trump to win in 2020, last year, but he gave him some very candid advice. And Barr said in an extraordinary meeting with Trump last year — President Trump — Barr said, ‘I travel around the country as much as any Cabinet officer, and you have support there. I talked to your supporters. But Mr. President, let me tell you: They think you are a f—ing a–hole.”
Woodward said that Barr was trying to give Trump political advice. He said that if he wanted to win re-election in 2020, he had to change his image so that more people liked him. Ultimately, Trump didn’t take his attorney general’s advice.
According to Woodward, this conversation between Trump and Barr took place in April of 2020, seven months before the November election. Barr was trying to get Trump to change his image so that he could win over both Republican and independent voters who he said loved his politics but didn’t love his personality.
In the book, Woodward details that this was Barr’s idea to try to win over these voters as well as those in America’s suburbs.
But, Woodward’s book says Trump didn’t take that advice, believing instead that his supporters wanted him to “fight” for their cause. He then declined to take Barr’s advice and plow forward with his own plan.
Woodward’s book was written with his colleague at the Washington Post, Robert Costa. Since being released earlier in September, it has made a lot of headlines for a number of reasons.
Recently, it attracted the attention of many for reported on a conversation that General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had with his counterpart in China. According to the book, Milley told his counterpart that he would warn China if the United States had any plan on launching a military attack against the communist country.
On Tuesday, Milley spoke before the Senate Armed Services Committee. While there, he defended the call he had with his counterpart in China by saying:
“I am certain that President Trump did not intend to attack the Chinese, and it is my directed responsibility — and it was my directed responsibility by the secretary to convey that intent to the Chinese.
“My job at that time was to de-escalate. May message, again, was consistent: stay calm, steady and de-escalate. We are not going to attack you.”