Bob Woodward, the Watergate veteran who set his sight on Donald Trump

Posted September 05, 2018

Fox Business host Lou Dobbs praised President Donald Trump for supposedly taking veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward "to school" in a phone call regarding Woodward's new book on the current administration.

Woodward writes that his book is drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand participants and witnesses, many of which were conducted on condition he would not reveal that they were the sources of the information. In his new book, Fear, the iconic journalist claims that some of the people closest to President Donald Trump, his Chief of Staff John Kelly, and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, are being driven insane behind the scenes by his apparent inability to not understand the ramifications of nuclear war. We're in Crazytown. I don't even know why any of us are here. "The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true", he said in a statement.

"While it is not always pretty, and rare that the press actually covers it, President Trump has broken through the bureaucratic process to deliver unprecedented successes for the American people".

TrTrump administration officials who reportedly criticized the president in Bob Woodward's upcoming book should go find another job, Rudy Giuliani, one of President Donald Trump's lawyers, told CNBC on Tuesday.

Not strictly national security, but certainly indicative of a national emergency: Trump's lawyer told him, "Don't testify".

After Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was accused of carrying out a chemical attack against civilians last April, Trump told Defense Secretary James Mattis that he wanted to invade Syria and assassinate Assad, Woodward writes. In response, Mattis is straining the rules of how a defense secretary and the military treat a president, some of them also dating back to Washington. "This guy is mentally retarded", the President continued.

In one anecdote, Trump questioned his National Security Council on January 19 about why the United States maintained a costly presence on the Korean peninsula. "But never once - never - did I think Woodward made it up". At the urging of advisers, he then condemned white supremacists and neo-Nazis, but nearly immediately told aides, "That was the biggest fucking mistake I've made" and the "worst speech I've ever given", according to Woodward's account.

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The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The President allegedly shouted: "Let's ******* kill him!" For sheer degree of difficulty, it's the finest subject-changing knock on NeverTrumpers I've ever seen.

Woodward concludes the call by saying "I believe in our country, and because you're our president, I wish you good luck".

Mr Woodward tells Mr Trump he had contacted multiple officials to attempt to interview him and was rebuffed.

In Woodward's account, last spring former National Economic Council director Gary Cohn swiped "a letter off Trump's desk" the president planned to sign that would have withdrawn the US from a trade agreement with South Korea.

The book describes a National Security Council meeting on January 19 in which Trump questioned the necessity of the United States military presence in South Korea, along with the early warning system to detect a North Korean missile and even the need to spend resources in the region at all. The Post released audio of Trump expressing surprise about the book in an August conversation with Woodward and dismay that he did not have an opportunity to contribute.

"I probably would have preferred to speak to him, but maybe not". Then-White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn recounted how, on two separate occasions, he plucked letters off Trump's desk that would have taken the US out of important worldwide agreements.

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