Woodward Delivers, But Does He Tell Us Much We Didn’t Already Know?

Bob Woodward and Donald Trump

Bob Woodward and Donald Trump

"The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defense) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly", he wrote on Twitter.

Some of the book's most anticipated anecdotes concern the Russian Federation investigation, and Trump's lawyers' desires to keep the president out of an interview with lead investigator Robert Mueller.

Woodward said he asked Kellyanne Conway and others with the White House for access to the president but was rejected.

If his book is any indication, Woodward probably thinks Mr Trump will need all the luck he can get. You're just tapping me along.

- Gary Cohn, who served as Trump's top economic adviser until March, "stole a letter of Trump's desk" that the president was going to sign that would have withdrawn the US from a trade pact with South Korea. The Republican president questioned whether Woodward, a Washington Post journalist credited with helping drive President Richard Nixon from power in 1974, is an operative for the opposition Democratic party.

Trump reportedly questioned why the USA was spending money and military resources in the Korean Peninsula during a National Security Council meeting in January.

Mattis is quoted explaining to Trump why the USA maintains troops on the Korean Peninsula to monitor North Korea's missile activities. Trump said. Woodward quotes Mattis as telling the president he would get right on that.

Mr Trump's erratic instincts and lack of curiosity about national security issues have alarmed senior foreign policy advisers, according to Mr Woodward's book.

Bob Woodward has a new book out next week detailing the madness inside the White House, and parts of it emerged in The Washington Post today.

Colbert talked about comments President Donald Trump allegedly made about his Attorney General - former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions - during the opening monologue of his Tuesday night show.

Aside from Trump rejecting quotes attributed to him, Kelly and Mathis both pushed back with vehement denials of remarks Woodward quoted.

Trump threatens to exclude Canada from new NAFTA deal
Trump can unilaterally exclude Canada from a deal to replace the three-nation NAFTA agreement, without the approval of Congress. Trudeau reiterated his government wouldn't concede to US demands to dismantle its dairy system, known as supply management.

The book portrays an administration consumed by brutal infighting and a president whose anger at Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation can paralyse the West Wing for days at a time. Dowd, who stepped down in January, resigned after the mock interview, the book says.

The president told Woodward he would've done an interview but wasn't aware of any requests.

But he said "no so-called "practice session" or "re-enactment" took place.

With the release of Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", President Donald Trump is not pleased.

"Well, a lot of them are afraid to come and talk, or - you know, they are busy", Trump responded. National security advisers instead developed options for the airstrike that Mr Trump ordered.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley denied Tuesday that Trump had ever planned to assassinate Assad.

"They don't tell me", Trump replied.

A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Rob Manning, said Mattis was never interviewed by Woodward.

More recently, Woodward's book, Plan of Attack, shed light on the contrived and false justification of the shock and awe invasion of Iraq and how former vice-president Dick Chaney and others cashed in on that dire deception.

Excerpts were released Tuesday and the full book is set for release September 11. Woodward tells Trump he had contacted multiple officials to attempt to interview Trump and was rebuffed. "Your honor, my client could easily take the stand and say he never killed anyone, but if we let him in here, he will kill everyone". He added that the author "never called me".

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