Woodward defends using unnamed sources in White House book

Oscar Cross
September 14, 2018

Trump railed against the work and called on the Department of Justice to investigate the author, claiming it's a matter of "national security". Woodward made this revelation in an interview on The New York Times' "The Daily" podcast. A new book says Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to have dinner with Donald Trump there last June.

Cohn also said that Trump floated an idea for making money off of rising interest rates: "We should just go borrow a lot of money, hold it, and then sell it to make money", Trump reportedly said.

The Washington Post, which obtained an advance copy of the book by the veteran chronicler of modern presidents, reported Tuesday that Woodward describes Trump manically pressing his staff for actions that could lead to major conflict - leaving them little choice but to disregard his orders. "You showed weakness", Trump told the friend, according to Woodward. They could get away with it, Woodward said, because Trump doesn't remember. So, I think Trump has got a real problem here.

But, the president is no stranger to women accusing him of misdeeds. At least 19 women have publicly accused Trump of kissing them, touching them inappropriately or having an affair with him while he was married.

When Reince Priebus, the then chief of staff, said the Camp David meet was "not in the cards", Mr. McMaster is said to have flown into a rage.

Following Woodward's appearance on the "Today" show, Trump took to Twitter and said, "Woodward is a liar who is like a Dem operative prior to the Midterms". As he did with "Deep Throat" on Watergate, Woodward based his reporting in Fear on "deep background" interviews, sharing all available information without revealing the identity of his sources.

"The Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources", Mr Trump said in the first of a series of tweets. Dems can't stand losing.

He added: "'These are political statements to protect their jobs, totally understandable".

He gives one example of a National Security Council meeting that happened about a year after Trump took the White House.

"I'm not, because I know what I did, and I'm not anxious about it", Trump Jr. said.

"Trump pivoted", Woodward writes.

The Trump administration has been on an offensive in recent weeks, seeking to discredit Woodward and the contents of his book.

"If that person had come to me while I was working on this book or if it were someone I interviewed I would say, 'I need specifics.' The building blocks of journalism, of truth, are specific incidents".

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