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Woodward: Trump Is 'Detached' From Reality, Jeopardizes National Security

12 September 2018, 02:33 | Myron Mathis

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The expose, "Fear: Trump in the White House", is filled with quotes from Trump berating his staff and top White House aides disparaging the president behind his back. Trump's response, per Woodward: "What are you talking about?"

What's going on inside the White House has always been a subject of great fascination to Americans, but the Trump Administration has raised that interest to an unusual level.

Trump tweeted: 'The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defense) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly.

Woodward also claimed Mattis said that Trump's intelligence was that of "a fifth- or sixth-grader".

Woodward stands by his reporting, telling NPR he attributes the denials to "political necessity". "When you come down, we want to walk you through on paper", Priebus said. "I've had these views for 30 years".

"Cohn cited no specific objections to Woodward's extensive reporting of his private views that Trump needed to be saved from his most risky impulses", Axios reports. But I've done hundreds of hours of interviews with people. At a National Security Council meeting earlier this year, January 19, this whole question comes up about money and the president says. these are verbatim from a note taker there: "What do we get by maintaining a massive military presence in the North Korean Peninsula?"

Once one person had described an episode to him, Woodward says, "I would go to other people and say, 'Did this happen?"

Trump told journalists he "really" appreciated the pair's statements, which helped show that "the book is just a piece of fiction".


For instance, Woodward writes in Fear, Trump wanted to withdraw from a key trade agreement with South Korea in September 2017. The letter stated that the US was planning to withdraw from a trade agreement with South Korea.

"This country does some things in the intelligence world which are so important to protect the country; they are astonishing, they are secret, they are called special access programs, and he jeopardizes them".

While he has become popular on the campaign trail, Trump Jr. said he hasn't thought about running for office himself.

Woodward conceded that Colbert had a fair point when he mentioned that Woodward buried the lede, but it's certainly a dramatic way to end a book.

The publisher, Simon & Schuster, said Monday that it is printing one million copies of the book to keep up with reader demand.

To be frank, we're nearly surprised that Gary is still making a show of fealty to Trumpworld. "Even more than that, what do we get from protecting Taiwan, say?"

During a meeting with his top economic adviser, President Donald Trump suggested that since interest rates were going up, the U.S. government should simply borrow massive amounts of money.

But Woodward writes that Pence's default mode is to not do anything that would prompt Trump to tweet about him or call him an idiot. Woodward shrugged off Trump calling him a liar on Twitter, saying he feels comfortable the truth will ultimately win. "But someone actively trying to undermine the duly elected president and the entire executive branch of government, that seems quite problematic to me and something they should take a look at", she said. He says that doesn't make a person "part of a 'resistance'".



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