Woodward book goes on sale as ex-Trump aides push back

Wednesday, 12 Sep, 2018

Among the revelations in the book: Cohn once removed a document from the president's desk that would have ended a trade deal with South Korea.

At the end of the book, Woodward describes a scene where President Donald Trump is undergoing a practice testimony at the White House.

Other Trump aides, including chief of staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis, have denied quotes attributed to them in the book - quotes that ridicule Trump as "unhinged" and acting like a grade-school child. The daily, which rarely publishes anonymous articles, said it did not disclose the name of the senior official in the Trump administration on the request of the author, whose "identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardised by its disclosure".

"Well, I am the one doing - asking the questions", Guthrie said. Woodward said that he interviewed more than 100 people, including one person nine times. And given how norm-busting Trump's presidency is - in terms of his relationships to the media, to his own party, to policy - it's also hard to avoid making mountains out of everything, even those things that might be molehills.

But Woodward says in his book there was an even more risky tweet that wasn't sent, declaring that Trump was withdrawing the family members of USA troops from South Korea.

Minutes after Cohn's rebuttal, former White House staff secretary Rob Porter issued a similarly vague statement painting "Fear" as "misleading".

Bob Woodward's revelatory book about the extent of dysfunction in the Trump administration, Fear, already has a million copies in print, and it hasn't even gone on sale. I mean, to try to control the presidency while not the president. When Cohn asked Trump why he clung to such views, Trump responded, "I just do".

"I think those books or the anonymous column - it is quite evident that President Trump - there is a coup", he said. Dems can't stand losing. There have been reports that Trump seems uninterested or unaware of the details of key foreign policy and national security efforts. "Say whatever you need and want to say, and continue to serve your country", was the gist of Pence's message, according to Woodward.

He also attacked former President Barack Obama for his criticism of the president, calling his move to take credit for a strong economy "literally the most asinine thing that I've ever heard".

After The Washington Post reported in February 2017 that then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had discussed sanctions against Russia with the Russian ambassador - contrary to what Flynn had told Pence - the vice president joined White House Counsel Donald McGahn and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in the Situation Room to review Federal Bureau of Investigation transcripts of Flynn's communications.