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14 September, 2018

Speaking to reporters in the White House on Tuesday, Trump praised his former aides' supportive statements and again labeled the book "fiction".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Monday that many of those quoted in the book have said Woodward never actually reached out to corroborate their alleged remarks.

But Woodward stands by his reporting.

"I think in our business, at times, we are cheating the public".

Woodward replied that these "political statements", denying the quotes in the book, were designed "to protect their jobs". In a note at the beginning of "Fear", the author notes that the work "is drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with first-hand participants and witnesses to these events". Yet it seems that like-minded people have joined the administration to resist Trump from within the White House.

"If he's going to sign it, he's going to need another piece of paper", Cohn said.

The highly anticipated book, which chronicles some unflattering moments in the Trump administration, has been sourced from numerous current and former officials.

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A similar situation also occurred involving a letter about trade with South Korea, he said. Why, Colbert wants to know, did Woodward choose to start the book with people sneaking documents off the president's desk, and end with this scene?

But Woodward said he did know, with certainty, that Kelly was trying to gain control of the White House - but is having a hard time doing so. He decides an approach or idea or course of action is right, usually based entirely on his own gut feeling, and then sticks to it for decades, resisting any attempt by other people to show him new or better or more accurate information and refusing to examine why he believes whatever he does.

After the chemical attack on Syrian civilians in April 2017, which prompted outrage across the world, Mr Trump reportedly said: "Let's f****** kill him!" The tweets attracted widespread attention and concern - "the Internet lost its collective mind", as Woodward wrote in his book.

Weeks after Trump considered sending that tweet, Woodward writes, the president asked the National Security Council: "What do we get by maintaining a massive military presence in the Korean peninsula?"

The second salvo was sacked by The New York Times, which published an anonymous op-ed with the controversial title, "I am part of the resistance inside the Trump administration".

This stance explains why Woodward is dismissive of the Steele dossier on Trump and unfairly criticizes former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey for including it in the intelligence report to the president (Comey defended his choice by noting the FBI's assessment that the sources in that dossier were "credible").

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