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Obama told Trump he couldn’t recall his ‘biggest mistakes’ in the White House, new book claims 

‘I can’t think of anything’: Obama told Trump he couldn’t recall making a singe mistake, new Bob Woodward book claims

  • New book Peril detailed a conversation between former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump
  • Trump allegedly asked  Obama what his ‘biggest mistake’ was and Obama couldn’t name any
  • Obama reportedly paused before replying: ‘I can’t think of anything,’ he said in a car ride alongside Senator Roy Blunt 
  • The book by Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward and Robert Costa details the 2020 election, the January 6 riot, and the COVID-19 pandemic  


Barack Obama allegedly told Donald Trump he couldn’t recall his ‘biggest mistakes’ while in the White House on a car ride to the US Capitol in 2017. 

Then President-elect Trump supposedly asked his predecessor: ‘What was your biggest mistake?” 

Obama reportedly paused before replying: ‘I can’t think of anything,’ he said in a car ride alongside Senator Roy Blunt on the way to the US Capitol. 

The conversation was revealed in a new book called Peril by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, which documents the months before and after the 2020 election, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the January 6 riot. 

A new book by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa detailed a conversation between Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump (pictured in 2017) where the latter reportedly asked ‘What was your biggest mistake?’ and Obama couldn’t think of any

Peril documents the 2020 election, the January 6 riot, and the COVID-19 pandemic

Peril documents the 2020 election, the January 6 riot, and the COVID-19 pandemic 

The book has revealed startling details from inside the White House, including that General Mark Milley contacted  Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army to reassure him the U.S. was not going to suddenly attack China.   

Milley allegedly told the Chinese government: ‘Everything’s fine, but democracy can be sloppy sometimes,’ while the January 6 riot was happened, according to The New York Times

On Friday, he defended his calls to his Chinese counterpart as ‘perfectly within the duties and responsibilities’ of his job as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

The general was blasted by the former president and several conservatives for his conversations, including being accused of ‘treason’ for breaking the chain of command.  

Peril comes as a closing trilogy to Woodward’s earlier publications Fear and Rage that document Trump’s time in office. 

Other key figures like former New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani make noticeable appearances again. 

The book discussed Trump’s former lawyer going on several shows to defend his friend, only for Trump to call him a ‘baby’ and tell him on the phone that ‘they took your diaper off right there,’ according to The New York Times. 

Like Woodward’s previous books, the authors interviewed more than 200 sources and all remain unnamed throughout. 

The conversation allegedly happened in a car ride to the US Capitol after the election

The book has made headlines for discussing Milley's conversation with the Chinese government about the January 6 riot, which protested Joe Biden's presidential win against Trump

The conversation allegedly happened in a car ride to the US Capitol after the election in 2017. The book has made headlines for discussing General Mark Milley’s conversation with the Chinese government about the January 6 riot, which protested Joe Biden’s presidential win against Trump 

The US Capitol is back on high alert as police brace for today’s ‘Justice for J6’ rally held in support of the rioters jailed for their roles in the January 6 insurrection that left five people dead.

Hundreds of police officers started gathering at the Capitol Saturday morning where eight-foot-high security fencing has been erected around the building in efforts to avoid a repeat of the violence eight months ago. 

A total of 100 National Guard troops are on standby and security officials are performing additional checks on travelers arriving at Washington DC’s nearest airport in an effort to prevent violence.

Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said they had intelligence of online ‘chatter’ that is similar to that seen in the run-up to January 6 where it later emerged some rioters had organized the plot on social media.

Manger said it was ‘tough to say’ whether threats this time are credible or not but said police will be taking no chances, vowing ‘we’re not going to tolerate violence’.

Republicans have sought to distance themselves from the event with even staunch Donald Trump allies Marjorie Taylor Greene and Madison Cawthorn – who supported his false claims of election fraud and have described the January 6 jailed rioters as ‘political hostages’ – confirming they won’t attend.

Senator Lindsey Graham has called for cops to take a zero-tolerance approach to any violence saying ‘if anybody gets out of line, they need to whack ’em.’

Authorities are determined to avoid a repeat of the disaster of January 6 where cops were unprepared for the MAGA mob, who managed to storm the building in an attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election win and sent lawmakers fleeing for their live.

More than 600 people have been charged for their involvement in the January 6 riot, with one rioter, the so-called ‘QAnon Shaman’, Jacob Anthony Chansley, 33, facing up to five years in prison, with his sentencing due on November 17.

The January 6 riot took place as Congress certified the 2020 Presidential election results in favor of President Joe Biden.

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