Veteran reporter Bob Woodward conducted a series of 18 interviews with Donald Trump. Those interviews were later put on paper and Woodward wrote his new book. A lot of damaging information about the president has been said in the book using Trump’s own words.
In on of the interviews, Trump admitted that he protected Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud after the murder and coverup of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashogi.
Business Insider posted excerpts of a conversation where Trump bragged he “saved his ass,” from Congress. “I was able to get Congress to leave him alone. I was able to get them to stop,” Trump admitted.
“The people at the Post are upset about the Khashoggi killing,” Woodward told Trump in a Jan. 22 interview. “That is one of the most gruesome things. You yourself have said.”
“Yeah, but Iran is killing 36 people a day, so —” Trump interrupted before Woodward pivoted back to talking about Khashoggi’s murder.
“Well, I understand what you’re saying, and I’ve gotten involved very much. I know everything about the whole situation,” boasted Trump.
“He will always say that he didn’t do it,” Trump said of MBS. “He says that to everybody, and frankly I’m happy that he says that. But he will say that to you, he will say that to Congress, and he will say that to everybody. He’s never said he did it.”
“Do you believe that he did it?” Woodward asked.
“No, he says that he didn’t do it,” Trump said.
“I know, but do you really believe —” Woodward began, but Trump cut him off.
“He says very strongly that he didn’t do it. Bob, they spent $400 billion over a fairly short period of time,” the president said. “And you know, they’re in the Middle East. You know, they’re big. Because of their religious monuments, you know, they have the real power. They have the oil, but they also have the great monuments for religion. You know that, right? For that religion.”