Woodward on Anonymous NYT Op-Ed: 'I Wouldn’t Have Used It'

Leroy Wright
September 9, 2018

Woodward in his book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", said that administration officials fearing Trump's impulsive nature have even taken to stealing documents from his desk to avert a full-blown crisis.

In an extraordinary move, a furious Trump tweeted a demand on Wednesday night that if "the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"

Based on a number of the accusations in the book, senior members of the Trump administration do not respect the president and routinely work against his wishes. Or whether the author, who described the president as amoral, impetuous, petty and ineffective, would have done the nation a service by signing his or her name to the column and resigning. "That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump's more misguided impulses until he is out of office".

Trump reiterated that it was a "disgrace" that the Times would publish the piece. The book paints a rather negative view of the Trump administration, highlighting the chaos within the White House.

"The failing New York Times has an anonymous editorial - can you believe it? - anonymous, meaning gutless, a gutless editorial", said Trump.

In his book, as The Washington Post explains, Woodward paints a picture of Trump being nearly unrelentingly paranoid about the Mueller investigation, to the point that his fear has essentially stalled functioning in the White House for days at a time.

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Swift denials followed from others in the Trump administration. His spokesman Jarrod Agen said: "Our office is above such amateur acts", adding that the writer "should be ashamed".

The Washington Post reporter, famed for breaking the Watergate story alongside Carl Bernstein, gave his first interview to CBS This Morning to discuss his book Fear: Trump in the White House.

"He was, nobody knows who the hell he is, or she, they put he, but that's probably a little disguise, that means it's she".

"Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the Cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president". "It will make President Trump more resistant to sober advice than he already was, which doesn't seem like a good thing for the country".

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