President Donald Trump is not the first chief executive to be on the receiving end of bad press and criticism from his inner circle, Bill O'Reilly told Newsmax TV.
During an appearance on "The Wayne Allyn Root Show," O'Reilly argued journalist Bob Woodward would not have had too difficult of a time digging up purported dirt about Trump for his forthcoming book because some people will always complain about powerful people.
"He calls people he knows, he calls around, and they get people to say bad things about Donald Trump. How hard is that, Wayne?" O'Reilly said.
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"Abraham Lincoln got scorched by his inner circle. John Adams [was] eviscerated by people who worked for him. It's not hard. Any powerful person, you can find people in the inner circle who are gonna kill him."
Woodward's book will be available Sept. 11. Trump and members of his staff and Cabinet are pushing back on claims in it, including Secretary of Defense James Mattis — who said quotes attributed to him are false.
"The big takeaway here is Mattis . . . who I don't believe is a liar: Mattis said, 'this is bull – I didn't say anything like that,'" said O'Reilly, who then described how former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tried to navigate stormy waters when he was reported to have called Trump a "moron."
"Mattis said, 'Hey, this is fiction. I never said anything like that.' I believe Mattis. Now, did Woodward make it up? No. Somebody told him Mattis said that. Somebody said that. But because we don't know who those sources are, anybody can say anything."
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