Bob Woodward reveals what shocked him most in new Trump book

Brenda Watkins
September 12, 2018

President Donald Trump was already in for a tough midterm election in November and the bombshell book by renowned Watergate journalist Bob Woodward might add to the muddle that is the Trump White House.

The book, released Tuesday, contains accounts of President Trump in which aides at times paint him as ignorant on foreign policy and harsh with staff members, aides and surrogates, among other things.

Before he left, though, he had an oversized role in the White House, with Trump at one point telling Porter that he should report to him directly and not to then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

"The things-some of the things-that Trump did and does jeopardizes the real national security", Woodward said. And we won't even delve into the part of Woodward's book that reveals Cohn's daughter had a swastika painted on her dorm room door after Charlottesville, mostly because we can hardly process how Gary stayed on after that, and also because we've said our peace on that. The book has created a controversy as Donald Trump and his office have criticised the book for misquoting the U.S. president.

President Trump also tweeted that Woodward's book is "a joke" and "another assault" against him. The magazine goes on to say that Cohn was "astounded" by "the depths of the president's stupidity". As recently as Monday morning, Trump called out the use of anonymous sources on Twitter, accusing Woodward of being "a liar who is like a Dem operative prior to the Midterms". Woodward said when asked about situations involving former Trump lawyer John Dowd.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House, Sept. 10, 2018, in Washington. If I did I would not have been elected President. He said his book "is as carefully done as you can do an excavation of the reality of what goes on".

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Although, the commander-in-chief, the White House and several top Trump administration officials have denounced the book as "fiction" and "fabrication", it doesn't take away from the fact that the incidents reported in the book echo shocking similarities to other books written about the Trump administration. "These quotes were made up".

During the first meeting between President-elect Donald Trump and his top economic adviser, Trump appeared confused by elements of the federal debt and United States monetary policy.

Trump, meanwhile, has dismissed the book as a "scam" filled with "made up" quotes.

This week, Stephen Colbert, a late night talk show host, asked Woodward how he feels when Trump says he's lying.

The book also quotes Mattis, after a contentious National Security Council meeting on January 19, as saying Trump acted like and had the understanding of "a fifth or sixth-grader".

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