Trump Associates Push Back on Woodward Book

Sergio Cunningham
September 12, 2018

Case in point, one excerpt reveals the newly appointed National Economic Council director Gary Cohn's "I've had a huge mistake" moment in his first meeting with then president-elect Trump.

Stephen Colbert asked Bob Woodward what made him afraid during the writing of "Fear: Trump in the White House".

During a meeting with his top economic adviser, President Donald Trump suggested that since interest rates were going up, the United States government should simply borrow massive amounts of money.

Bob Woodward's book on the Trump administration already became a mine of joke fodder for late-night hosts long before it hit bookshelves.

The book claims that Trump falsely suggested that McCain took an early-release from the PoW camp in Vietnam-something that Mattis quickly told the President wasn't true.

Woodward, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, said the book is based on first-hand reporting and anonymous White House sources, including some who were extremely reluctant to disclose information, or even speak with him.

"If you look back at Woodward's past, he had the same problem with other presidents, he likes to get publicity, he sells some books", Trump said last week.

Trump has his "First Amendment rights, he can say anything", Woodward continued, who then went on to quote former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who helmed the paper during the Watergate years.

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"The idea that the Secretary of Defense has to tell the president that all of these actions are created to prevent the ultimate catastrophe", Woodward said.

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.

"Unfortunately, it appears Bob Woodward has used perpetual leaker Steve Bannon as a co-author for his book", wrote Christie, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate.

Why should Washington and America have expected anything different in electing a businessman - and a real estate mogul, not a corporate man from a blue chip company - as president? He said his book "is as carefully done as you can do an excavation of the reality of what goes on".

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In another part of the book, Mattis allegedly said that Trump had the understanding of a "fifth- or sixth-grader" of the situation on the Korean peninsula.

Asked if the Trump showed signs of mental defect, Woodward said "my job here is not to psychoanalyze, it's to describe what happened". 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". "These quotes were made up".

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