11 September, 2018
From the release of veteran political journalist/author Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House" (which is due out on September 11) to Paul Manafort's second trial to low approval ratings only two months before the November midterms, this week is getting off to a very bad start for President Donald Trump.
During the interview, Woodward, an associate editor at The Washington Post, defended his reporting in light of denials of material in the book attributed to White House Chief of Staff John F Kelly and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.
Woodward, whose book "Fear: Trump in the White House", paints a portrait of a commander-in-chief disconnected from the workings of his administration, said the president is "waging a war of truth" against the details in the book.
"People who work for him are anxious - that he will sign things or give orders that threaten the national security or financial security of the country or of the world", Woodward told 'CBS Sunday Morning'. This country does some things in the intelligence world which are so important to protect the country they are astonishing.
"A number of people have come out and said Woodward never even reached out to corroborate statements Woodward attributed to them, which seems incredibly reckless for a book that makes such outrageous claims - to not even take the time to get a $10 fact-checker to call around and verify that some of these quotes had happened", she said. In the book, which has been previewed by The Washington Post, Kelly is said to have called the president an "idiot", while Mattis reportedly compared Trump's intellect to that of a "fifth or sixth grader".
On "Fox News Sunday", Pence was asked whether senior officials should take lie detector tests to prove they did not write the explosive opinion piece in the Times. Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction.
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Woodward alleges the tweet was never sent because the White House received information from a back-channel communication with North Korea saying the country would take a pullout of dependents as a sign that Trump and the USA were planning to attack. Democrats can't stand losing. "We see a general, the secretary of defense, ordered to kill another leader - a leader of another country - who turns to everybody after the phone is hung up and says, 'I'm not gonna do that".
"Too vague and does not meet the standards of trying to describe specific incidents".
In a Monday morning tweet, Trump again criticized the book, calling Woodward a liar.
For example, a Trump tweet about the Korean crisis alarmed the Pentagon, the author said. A great many on-lookers thought Trump was destroying his presidency all by himself.
For example, he said that the president imposing tariffs goes against what "99.9%" of experts have recommended. It's very important whether this is somebody who witnessed and participated.
While Woodward's book draws from hundreds of hours of tapes and contains many quotes from named officials who do not dispute the quotes, Trump has been the subject of less-than-credible writing before.