But the earlier brinkmanship between the two nuclear-armed states – including Trump’s threat September 19, 2017 to “totally destroy North Korea” – had sent tensions soaring. The opinion piece is a different matter. Multiple officials, including Mike Pence, have denied writing the piece, with the vice president stating that he would be willing to take a lie detector test to prove it wasn’t him.
“I don’t know why they’re there”, Trump reportedly told top officials during a meeting, according to Woodward’s explosive book. “He’s doing a fantastic job as secretary of defense”.
Among Trump’s anti-Fear tweets today, the president quoted a Washington Examiner writer who cautioned, “You can not take this book too seriously”.
The op-ed described Trump’s leadership style as “impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective”.
Trump lashed out at the author of the anonymous piece – and at the “dishonest” Times. He says these are unnamed sources, but these are not unnamed incidents.
Donald Trump almost declared war on North Korea through a tweet, but his defense secretary was able to beg him to reconsider, a new book claims.
Porter, whose pedigree includes Harvard Law and being a Rhodes Scholar, described in the book efforts to manage Trump by working the tempo beyond swiping of documents. Wouldn’t the author have circled back to Trump and asked why the policy proposal was never implemented? He called it “gutless” and launched into an extended criticism of the newspaper.
In the article entitled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration”, the official stressed they were committed to the Republican agenda, and did not side with opposition Democrats. “This means that all the information could be used but I would not say who provided it”. But it is worth remembering that no sitting president has ever been removed from office by impeachment.
“But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis”.
In another episode described in ‘Fear, ‘ Trump questioned the utility of US early warning systems in Alaska to identify a nuclear attack from North Korea.
Both have released statements denying the comments.
Sanders said The Times should apologize.
The press secretary accused the writer of “not putting country first, but putting himself and his ego ahead of the will of the American people”.
“There were sleepless nights”, she said, adding that after the recent moves toward peace “it’s fine”.
Woodward reiterated that he interviewed more than 100 people for his deep dive inside the Trump White House and that his reporting is “meticulous and careful”.
Porter, who became famous as the boyfriend of communications director Hope Hicks, resigned from the White House in February after the DailyMail.com revealed domestic abuse allegations from his former wives. His work has also appeared in Salon, Raw Story, Truthdig, National Memo, Philadelphia Weekly, Democratic Underground, L.A. Weekly, MintPress News and many other publications.