Woodward: Trump Is 'Detached' From Reality, Jeopardizes National Security

Carla Harmon
September 12, 2018

The anonymous official, identified only as "a senior official in the Trump administration", launched a almost unprecedented attack on the President in the op-ed, saying Trump's "erratic" and "amoral" behaviour is "detrimental" to America's health.

Woodward, who worked with reporter Carl Bernstein to break the news of the Nixon-era Watergate scandal, said the use of anonymous sources is necessary when covering presidential administrations.

In his book Fear, which comes out Tuesday, Woodward describes Trump behaving erratically and impulsively, even on significant issues of national security, and insulting some of his senior officials.

Gary Cohn, the ex-chief adviser on the President's economic council, issued a brief statement contending that Woodward's tell-all tome doesn't "accurately portray" his "experience at the White House". "The soldiers had told him that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation staff were totally dysfunctional", the book says.

Woodward wrote that Kelly called Trump "an idiot".

"Imagine your lawyer telling you you're disabled and you can't testify because you can't tell the truth you just make things up", said Woodward to Colbert. "And the United States "must stop payments to Pakistan until they cooperate", Trump said.

"The Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources", Trump said in a posting on Twitter Monday morning.

The White House claims the book is riddled with falsehoods and the President has accused Woodward of acting as a shill for the Democrats.

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".

Trump retweeted himself from last week, saying, "The Woodward book is a scam". "His message was always "Suck it up" and 'What have you got for me tomorrow?"

"Is the White House actively trying to find out who this person is?"

"I'm not because I know what I did and I'm not anxious about any of that", Don Jr. said. "I mean, over the years, I wasn't going to people's homes without an appointment", knocking on the door and asking them to talk.

But according to Woodward, Cohn's message did not seem to connect. "A source tells us he [Trump] shouted out 'Bring back Hope Hicks!' Apparently, he preferred her response to ["Fire and Fury" author] Michael Wolff", said Blackwell. "I wish the people could see the real facts - and our country is doing GREAT!", Trump tweeted on September 7.

In a statement last week, Mattis called the book "fiction" and said that "the contemptuous words about the president attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence". "About the third visit, they come down with three boxes of documents", he said, pointing out that he has time to dive deep into a story while daily reporters don't necessarily have the same luxury.

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