Trump not considering lie detectors to identify op-ed author

Brenda Watkins
September 12, 2018

Listen, everyone knows that the best parts of the book now making the rounds are the parts about Gary Cohn living every day in mortal fear that he had to save America in his own, stealing papers from the oval office, accidentally cucking Steve Mnuchin in Trump Tower and explaining the kindergarten basics of monetary policy to the commander-in-chief.

Bob Woodward is an investigative journalist, editor and author who is most famous for his reporting of the Watergate scandal along with Carl Bernstein for the Washington Post, which ultimately led to the resignation of President Nixon.

On Monday, in his first live interview to promote Fear, Woodward said on NBC's Today that he sees President Trump is a threat to the country.

Other Trump aides, including chief of staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis, have denied quotes attributed to them in the book - quotes that ridicule Trump as "unhinged" and acting like a grade-school child. "The soldiers had told him that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation staff were totally dysfunctional", the book says. Colbert asked how we can know what's going on when Trump changes his mind daily, or maybe forgets what he thought yesterday. He called their denials "political statements to protect their jobs, totally understandable". "I remember going to one general's house, he opened the door - we didn't have an appointment, I was afraid I might get shot".

He praised Trump's legislative accomplishments, which he said Woodward's book ignores, and said the president "invites robust discussion" from aides.

It was not clear how aggressive White House efforts were to root out the op-ed writer, though a person close to the White House who was not authorized to speak publicly said officials had focused in on a few names.

Trump dismisses Woodward book as 'joke'
Woodward's latest work, Fear: Trump in the White House , paints a portrait of Trump as uninformed and mercurial. Trump Jr. firmly believes the author of the op-ed is someone in the administration who isn't related by blood.

He said The Washington Post reporting duo started using unnamed sources "because you can't get the truth, you won't get the straight story from someone if you do it on the record".

"Little leaked out of the Pence side of the White House", Wolff wrote in his January book that similarly described a chaotic and dysfunctional administration. "It's not every day that someone in the administration claims that many officials in that administration are working to frustrate parts of the president's agenda and his worse inclinations".

Cohn, who served as Trump's economic adviser before leaving over disagreements about trade policy, issued a similarly weak rebuttal to the book.

That's about as close as we get to either of them directly addressing a key detail, but Porter mostly seems to be disputing it on a technicality. "It's critical: Who is this person and why are they masking themselves in this way?"

"I'm not because I know what I did and I'm not anxious about any of that", Don Jr. said. He added, per the book: "People don't want to stand in front of a 2,000-degree blast furnace".

"The suggestions that materials were "stolen" from the President's desk to prevent his signature misunderstands how the White House document review process works - and has worked for at least the last eight administrations", Porter said. "What was said in that anonymous letter was absolutely outrageous".

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