Trump Associates Push Back on Woodward Book

Tonya Becker
September 14, 2018

President Trump's eldest son believes his father's inner orbit has shrunk following an explosive op-ed alleging that a cabal of White House officials is working to undermine the commander in chief.

"You can write a sensational nonsense book".

But Woodward said he did know, with certainty, that Kelly was trying to gain control of the White House - but is having a hard time doing so.

After that meeting, according to Woodward, Mattis said to colleagues that Trump had the understanding "a fifth- or sixth-grader" - a 10- or 11-year-old child.

"You've got to deny, deny, deny and push back on these women", Trump said, according to Woodward.


Mr. Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One last week that if Mr. Cohn stole papers from his desk, he would "never speak to him again".

President Trump has dismissed the book titled "Fear: Trump in the White House" as a "joke". That allowed him to use the material, but not attribute it to the sources. Only 37 percent say it makes them less comfortable.

Woodward went on to say, "People who work for him are anxious. that he will sign things or give orders that threaten the national security or the financial security of the country, or of the world".

Withdrawing from that trade agreement, known as KORUS, could jeopardize a top-secret intelligence operation that enables the U.S.to quickly detect any intercontinental ballistic missiles launched from North Korea, according to Woodward.

The daily, which rarely publishes anonymous articles, said it did not disclose the name of the senior official in the Trump administration on the request of the author, whose "identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardised by its disclosure".


Moreover, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John Kelly, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and other top officials have all slammed Woodward for his allegedly untrue claims.

"She's obsessed with Barron", one person told Woodward.

The White House and some officials named in the book have attacked Woodward, taking aim at his credibility.

As part Trump's efforts to discredit Woodward on Monday, he wrote another tweet in which he quoted Washington Examiner reporter Katelyn Caralle as saying, "You can not take this book too seriously".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders assured reporters Monday that the president is not now considering using lie detectors to figure out which senior administrative official wrote the anonymous op-ed, The Washington Examiner reported.


Trump has already tweeted his low opinion of the book.

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