January 24, 2019

Eric Trump Accuses Woodward of Trying to ‘Make Three Extra Shekels’

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Eric Trump, President Trump’s second-oldest son, accused veteran journalist Bob Woodward of trying to “make three extra shekels” with his latest book.

In a Wednesday interview on Fox and Friends, Eric Trump was asked by co-host Steve Doocy about critics of the president who say that the Trump administration “is in chaos” based on the information presented in Woodward’s book and the anonymous New York Times op-ed.

Eric Trump dismissed the “chaos” perception presented by Woodward’s book and the op-ed.

“You can write a sensational nonsense book – CNN will definitely have you on there because they love to trash the president,” Eric Trump said. “It’ll mean you sell three extra books, make three extra shekels at the behest of the American people, at the behest of our country and a president that’s doing a phenomenal job by every quantifiable metric.”

Eric Trump’s remarks were condemned by various people on Twitter:

Jewish Telegraphic Agency noted:

The modern Israeli currency is named after currency referenced in the Bible. Shekels is also an American and Irish term slang for money, showing up in old potboilers like Mickey Spillane’s “I, The Jury”: “Generally a runner made plenty for himself, taking a chance that the dough he clipped wasn’t on the number that pulled in the shekels.”

But on some anti-Semitic corners of the web, like the anti-Semitic site The Daily Stormer, it is often used sarcastically to refer to Jewish greed or influence.

 Woodward’s book, titled “Fear: Trump in the White House,” claims that some Trump officials hide documents from Trump and that Trump frequently belittled members of his administration and vice versa. Trump and officials named in the book have pushed back on Woodward’s book as being inaccurate.