Trump Associates Push Back on Woodward Book

Trump Associates Push Back on Woodward Book

Two former Trump administration officials pushed back against Bob Woodward's new book on Tuesday - but fell short of outright denying some its most explosive allegations.

Woodward says that Defense Secretary James Mattis objected to the tweets, but Bannon told him to "take one for the team".

Trump paid tribute Tuesday to the victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks, giving special honor to the passengers of United Flight 93, who charged the cockpit of their plane to stop hijackers from attacking Washington, D.C. As bells tolled and Americans stood in silence across the country, the president and first lady Melania Trump visited the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. "He wants to do it his own way - in a risky way".

Porter described Woodward's chapters as offering a "selective and often misleading portrait", specifically rebuffing a passage that claims Cohn snatched a document from Mr. Trump's desk that would have pulled the US out of a trade agreement with South Korea.

"I think there are people in there that he can trust, it's just - it's a much smaller group than I would like it to be", Trump Jr., 40, said on ABC's "Good Morning America."

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For instance, Woodward writes in Fear, Trump wanted to withdraw from a key trade agreement with South Korea in September 2017.

"You need to be patient. I think it is six to a dozen people and I think you ought to immediately start to do what Andrew Jackson did, do what Abraham Lincoln did, find out who is responsible, and fire them". "You ask if they have any documents - because no one who works at the White House doesn't bring home notes - and they say 'no no, ' and then about the third visit they say, 'Yeah, I might have something upstairs, ' and then they come down with three boxes", he said.

"Fear: Trump in the White House" hits USA bookstores on Tuesday after a weeklong buildup, with published excerpts, leaks and interviews that portray Trump as dangerously erratic and uninformed.

The book reached stores on Tuesday and has been No. 1 on Amazon since details first began emerging a week ago.

And then there's the statement from Rob Porter, the former White House staffer who was sacked after his ex-wives came forward with serious abuse allegations. Colbert suggested that the last line of the book, about Dowd wanting to call Trump "a f--ing liar", kind of "buried the lede". 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. While he said the book contained "inaccuracies", as Axios reports, he wasn't specific about what the book supposedly got wrong. The only book that directly deals with Trump that outranks Fear is Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury, something that Woodward's book would struggle to overcome, but the book is sure to keep selling and see even more printings. Dems can't stand losing. "I'll write the real book!" he added.

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