Trump book: Key sources turn heat on Bob Woodward

Carla Harmon
September 12, 2018

President TrumpDonald John TrumpOakland Raiders's Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem, then scores touchdown Trump declares state of emergency in Carolinas ahead of Hurricane Florence Ex-NFL player tears into Nike: Kaepernick ad "like 9/11 and Pearl Harbor" MORE allegedly suggested to his chief economic adviser previous year that the government should print more money to help eliminate federal debt, according to an excerpt from Bob Woodward's new book.

The book, which hit shelves on Tuesday, claims to reveal shocking details about the inner workings of the Trump administration.

"Let's talk about your process a little bit because we live in an era where the president talks about fake news". "You know, people get complacent".

The book features an exchange Trump allegedly had with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph F Dunford in which the President described Senator John McCain, who died on August 25, as cowardly. He's gone off the rails.

Mr Mattis, Mr Kelly and other senior aides have denied making the remarks.

"Are they lying?" Guthrie asked Woodward.

"These are political statements to protect their jobs", Woodward said. "That doesn't mean they won't try to create something but, again, I'm not". What I want to focus on is - here's the problem.

And Woodward, the victor of two Pulitzer prizes, said, "I'm not".

"You don't have authority", he told the president in one meeting, when Trump demanded to have the United States immediately pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Woodward's book, has said the book is based on "hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, contemporaneous meeting notes, files, documents and personal diaries".

"Does this ring true?"

"I think historically speaking, that would be what happens", he said.

"Well, I am the one doing - asking the questions", Guthrie said. "Does it ring true?"

Rob Porter, the former White House staff secretary who is featured heavily in the book, in a statement Tuesday said he was "struck by the selective and often misleading portrait" the book offers of the president and the administration. Dems can't stand losing. The explosive narrative of Trump's turbulent 18 months in office relies on comments described by sources Woodward doesn't name.

Though the media has breathlessly praised Woodward's new book, there are credibility issues with the journalist at hand.

More recently, Trump has accused Woodward of fabricating quotes and questioned whether USA libel laws could be changed so that people who believe they have been wronged would be in a better position to seek "retribution".

At the time, however, Casey was in a coma and near death. Australian author Clive James claimed that Woodward "checks his facts until they weep with boredom".

That's right, the deafening stomping sound you hear is The Big Grundle trying to walk back all those things he told Bob Woodward about how apocalyptically stupid and adolescent he found the current leader of the free world to be.

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