Former White House aide pushes back on book

Oscar Cross
September 12, 2018

Speaking with ABC News on Good Morning America, Trump Jr. suggested that the "senior official" who wrote the op-ed was actually a "very low-level person".

Among the revelations in the book: Cohn once removed a document from the president's desk that would have ended a trade deal with South Korea. The book pictures the White House as a "Crazytown" ruled by the erratic behaviour of the President.

"There's one scene last year in the Pentagon where Trump is there and Secretary of State [Rex] Tillerson said, 'This is what's kept the peace for 70 years, '" Woodward recalled, referring to a conversation about national security protocols. "That's just the Washington denial machine", he said Monday, a familiar formula created to protect their jobs and preserve their relations with their boss.

"To be clear, a number of the statements attributed to me and from others to me in the Woodward book are incorrect", Christie said.

One telltale sign of the book's soon-to-be success is its author's reputation.

When Guthrie asked if some of the "Fear" sources lied on the record about true comments they made, Woodward replied, "I'm not going to - you're going to use the lie word". And given how norm-busting Trump's presidency is - in terms of his relationships to the media, to his own party, to policy - it's also hard to avoid making mountains out of everything, even those things that might be molehills. "Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction".

He insists the writer must be a "low-level individual" within the White House, and repeated calls for the Justice Department to unmask the author of the "disgusting" and "sad" piece. "But someone actively trying to undermine the duly elected president and the entire executive branch of government, that seems quite problematic to me and something they should take a look at", she said.

Woodward claimed that "the incidents are not anonymous" even if the sources were because he provided dates, times and "who participates - most often the president himself, and what he says".

Cohn explained that that could be seriously harmful to the US's fiscal and economic situation, but Trump did not appear to understand, the book says. Dems can't stand losing.

In early 2018, Trump sent several belligerent tweets that seemed created to taunt North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "I'll write the real book!"

After seeing Trump's reaction to the questioning, Dowd immediately tells the president that he can't testify to Mueller because he is "disabled".

"I stole it off his desk", Cohn later told an associate, according to Woodward. He added, "He and I both know this story is total BS".

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