The Chinese translation is one of the earliest versions in a foreign language of the book “Fear” by Woodward. Ridicules were already heated up in China’s state media even before its publication.
Fear: Trump in the White House has a meticulous, frightening look inside the Trump White House. The book released on September 11, 2018, about the presidency of Donald Trump was written by American journalist Bob Woodward, well known for “exposing the Watergate scandal that led to Richard Nixon’s resignation”.
Chinese state media would like to see a similar case like the Watergate scandal that leads to Trump’s removal from the White House. They are so excited that China finally has some tricks like “US can’t produce enough antibiotics” that would turn Trump’s trade war all over.
The book details aides of Trump as they try to deal with Trump’s behavior. According to the book, aides took papers off of his desk to prevent him from signing them. White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly referred to Trump as an “idiot” and “unhinged”, while Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Trump has the understanding of “a fifth or sixth grader,” and John M. Dowd, formerly Trump’s personal lawyer, called him “a fucking liar” telling Trump he would wear an “orange jump suit” if he agreed to testify to Robert Mueller in the Special Counsel investigation. (CNN review).
The “tell-all” book sold more than 750,000 copies in its first day on sale, according to a press release from its publisher, Simon & Schuster.
Beijing is more than happy and would waste no time to mobilize its propaganda machine to make this known to the whole world. A Xinhua news article says “The publishing industry should thank Trump for his great contribution”. Global Times’ office in the US speaks out their laughter soon after the publication, “Angry Trump was sleepless all night with ten tweets one after another”. How did they know Trump was without sleep the whole night?
We must agree that Bob has told some facts. According to a September 4, 2018, article in The New York Times, the book is based on “hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, contemporaneous meeting notes, files, documents and personal diaries”.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later released a statement saying that the book contained “nothing more than fabricated stories”.
“It’s really too bad, because nobody told me about it,” Trump tells Woodward of the book. “You know I’m very open to you. I think you’ve always been fair.” Trump’s words of praise for Woodward tell he is not happy but he has been fair, too.
“The already discredited Woodward book, so many lies and phony sources, has me calling Jeff Sessions ‘mentally retarded’ and ‘a dumb southerner.’ I said NEITHER, never used those terms on anyone, including Jeff, and being a southerner is a GREAT thing. He made this up to divide!” Trump tweeted later.
Trump has made great efforts to unite the US people and “make America great again”. This blow by Bob’s book surely will have some people stay away from Trump and vote No in his midterm election. But most who have loved Trump would love him more dearly, if we say the word “divide” again.
Beijing would like to see the setbacks of the White House which would finally bring Trump down from office. But their stupid play has let Trump see more clearly the vicious nature of the CCP regime and thus act faster than expected with the expanded tariffs on Chinese goods, exceeding his pre-set limits.
President Trump’s economic conflict with China is set to escalate this week, as the administration plans to unveil fresh tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese products entering the U.S. and Beijing debates new ways to retaliate against U.S. corporations doing business in China, according to Washington Post.
This economic wrestling is not targeting the ordinary Chinese people, although the lives of some may be affected, but a contest between autocracy and democracy.
Fear or not in the White House, Beijing is on its way to complete totalitarianism which brings about “the absolute fear” to the Chinese people. That fear is real and devastating. It’s happening every day, every minute.
Not just within its own country! Last year a leading publisher in Australia, Allen & Unwin, dropped a book “Silent Invasion: How China is Turning Australia into a Puppet State” about the influence of China’s Communist Party in Australia’s domestic affairs, citing fears of retaliation by Beijing.
We can see in a democracy like the US, no president has the power to say NO to or ban the publication of a book against him, not even the tough-minded Donald Trump. This freedom of speech, including defaming a president in-office, is so fundamental in any civilized society.
Look to China please, does anyone dare or have the right to publish a single sentence denouncing President Xi Jinping, let alone a book?
By Staff writer