President Donald Trump blasted “liar” journalist Bob Woodward Monday after the Washington Post associate editor was “caught cold” in an awkward interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, who pressed him on his frequent use of anonymous sources criticizing the chief executive.
The White House on Monday sought to project an image of productive forward momentum, even as President Donald Trump and many of his aides remain sidetracked and preoccupied by dual accounts of a warring and mutinous West Wing. The two men did get along famously, though.
“Modi wanted to go to Camp David and have dinner, bond with Trump”, the author writes. The first line of that piece: “So much for handshakes”.
“As anyone who has worked for Trump knows and I think that establishes this also”, Woodward told Perino, “that it’s very hard to control Trump”.
In response, Pulitzer Prize-winning Mr Woodward, who along with Carl Bernstein exposed the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, said Mr Mattis and Mr Kelly “are not telling the truth” when denying they made the remarks and “these are political statements to protect their jobs”.
Bob Woodward’s “Fear” is spreading quickly. In comparison, Woodward fails to utter a word of criticism of the corrupt and dictatorial Saudi leadership, which has been exporting its Wahhabi radicalism and bullying neighbors such as Qatar and Yemen with assistance from Western nations.
Trump called the writer “gutless” and “coward” and his aides also went into a complete meltdown.
“The things-some of the things-that Trump did and does jeopardizes the real national security”, Woodward said. “It’s India, man. It’s f*****g India”.
Woodward said Kelly was similarly distraught when Trump drafted a tweet threatening to remove all US military personnel from South Korea. “Outreach and strong relations were essential”, the author writes. He decides an approach or idea or course of action is right, usually based entirely on his own gut feeling, and then sticks to it for decades, resisting any attempt by other people to show him new or better or more accurate information and refusing to examine why he believes whatever he does. “Woodward is here, like a state trooper knocking on the door at 3 a.m., to update the sorry details”.
“The Woodward book is a scam”, Trump said. Colbert asked Woodward, and he said “not knowing” what’s going on in the Oval Office or Trump’s head. “About the third visit, they come down with three boxes of documents”, he said, pointing out that he has time to dive deep into a story while daily reporters don’t necessarily have the same luxury.