Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Bob Woodward: 'Great Washington Denial Machine' Driven By Politics, Not Truth

Donald Trump's presidency has been rocked by a series of damning revelations including a scathing opinion piece by an unnamed senior administration official who described a Trump urges attorney general to investigate anonymous op-ed
Jeannette Daniel | 14 September, 2018, 12:10

Donald Trump called the writer "gutless" and said the anonymous essay amounted to "treason".

Trump told journalists he "really" appreciated the pair's statements, which helped show that "the book is just a piece of fiction". "His non-stop, self-centered leaking is why Steve was sacked from the White House in the first place", he added.

Bob Woodward's book "Fear: Trump in the White House", sold more than 750,000 copies through Tuesday, its first day of publication, publisher Simon & Schuster says.

But neither Cohn nor Porter said specifically what was inaccurate, and neither denied speaking to Woodward.

"This book does not accurately portray my experience at the White House", Cohn said in a statement he sent to the political news site Axios.

Several administration officials, including Defense Secretary James Mattis and chief of staff John Kelly, have denied the anecdotes and quotes ascribed to them in Woodward's book.

Once one person had described an episode to him, Woodward says, "I would go to other people and say, 'Did this happen?" He added: "I would have been happy to correct them if Mr".


Trump also defended former Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who was running for an Alabama vacancy and was accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with teenagers when he was in his 30s. That allowed him to use the material, but not attribute it to the sources. Trump allegedly asked Christie about transition team funds.

While the president expressed annoyance that Barack Obama was taking credit for the nation's economic success, he told one adviser that the former president's increased visibility would give Trump more chances to attack a figure who remained very unpopular with his base.

Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward told the BBC's Today Programme that the United States president had questioned security spending over South Korea, Europe and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in a national council security meeting previous year.

Alas, that was before the president came to the conclusion that Woodward was working for the Dems and that he made quotes up out of whole cloth, which was about the same time that excerpts of Woodward's book began to leak. "We are part of the gang", he said. "Frankly, the White House and the staff here are focused on doing our jobs", she told CNN's Jeff Zeleny.

At a White House press briefing, Sanders slammed the book "Fear", from veteran journalist Bob Woodward, as "careless and reckless".

"Well, the book is already out", he said.

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