White House blasts 'reckless' Woodward, doesn't rule out possibility of lawsuit

Trump fires back at Bob Woodward book with statements from James Mattis and John Kelly

U.S. President Donald Trump drafted - but never posted - a tweet that could have been seen as a warning the U.S. was going to attack North Korea, veteran journalist Bob Woodward said.

That's counter to accounts in Woodward's book and in an anonymous op-ed in The New York Times from a senior administration official of a Trump White House mired in dysfunction, with aides disparaging the Republican president and working to prevent him from making disastrous decisions.

He explained that Trump also regularly ignores advice from experts.

Woodward, whose 1974 reporting of the Watergate case in the Washington Post led to President Richard Nixon's resignation, said he based his book "Fear" on interviews with witnesses to the hidden secrets of the White House, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

In his first live interview about the book, Woodward said that "some of the things Trump did and does jeopardize the real national security".

Calling it a "two-track" presidency, the author said Trump works on his own agenda, while others in the administration take actions they believe are in the best interest of the country.

"They're not telling the truth", Woodward said.

"I talked to dozens and dozens of people, and have notes and documentation on lots of things", Woodward told CBS News' David Martin on Sunday Morning.

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Woodward reveals a president who has zero intellectual curiosity and even less impulse control, and who boasts an obsession with his media image that scores a 12 out of 10 on the Kardashian Scale.

After a chemical weapons attack blamed on the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad in April 2017, Trump allegedly urged Defence Secretary Jim Mattis to kill the Russian-backed president and his entourage.

Innuendo does make for entertaining reading, but facts tell the real story of Trump's presidency.

He went on to relate an episode in "Fear" in which former White House Economic Adviser Gary Cohn removed documents from Trump's desk that would end a trade agreement with South Korea so the president couldn't sign them. Democrats can't stand losing. He said "these are political statements to protect their jobs". And you publish that transcript, because everything leaks in Washington, and the guys overseas are going to say, 'I told you he was an idiot.

"Too vague and does not meet the standards of trying to describe specific incidents". The book claims that even after deleting the tweet, Trump raised the idea of evacuating military families from South Korea with Senator Lindsey Graham, who also told Trump that it was a unsafe idea.

"What you'd like is the President to not worry so much about the short term of staffing, but the long term of vision-casting for America, pull us together as a people, help us deliberate about where we should go and then build a team of great, big-cause, low-ego people around you", he said.

The President also lashed out on Wednesday and dismissed the op-ed as "really a disgrace" and "gutless" and assailed the author and the Times for publishing the anonymous opinion piece.

Certainly if there is an individual, whether or not, since we don't know who they are, if that individual is in meetings where national security is being discussed or other important topics and they are attempting to undermine the executive branch, that would certainly be problematic and something the Department of Justice should look into.
"It gives a date".

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