Should Trump ditch Mattis or hold on to the beloved defense secretary? The opinion piece is a different matter. He criticized the media for what he said were its efforts to "undermine this administration". "Our office is above such amateur acts".
In a statement to The Washington Post, Woodward said, "I stand by my reporting". He said "these are political statements to protect their jobs".
Woodward alleges the tweet was never sent because the White House received information from a back-channel communication with North Korea saying the country would take a pullout of dependents as a sign that Trump and the USA were planning to attack.
Former CIA Director John Brennan, a fierce Trump critic, called the op-ed "active insubordination. born out of loyalty to the country".
Trump lashed out at the author of the anonymous piece - and at the "dishonest" Times. In one tweet, he demanded that the newspaper name the source for legal action. I would know. I am one of them, ' the official wrote in The Times. He was caught cold, even by NBC", quoting a question posed by the network, "It is mostly anonymous sources in here, why should anyone trust you?
Already a bestseller on Amazon, the book describes an administration struggling to control the whims of Trump, who is characterized as impulsive.
Comforting because it means that there are apparently some hardworking souls trying to preserve a semblance of order in a White House dedicated to knocking down the norms of a liberal democracy and undermining the very institutions that make government function. And, quite frankly, if there was a person in the White House or in the administration who wanted to tell me what's in that op-ed piece I would say 'OK, name me who was there.
"But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis".
Both men publicly denied making such comments.
Sanders said The Times should apologize. "He is not putting country first, but putting himself and his ego ahead of the will of the American people".
Woodward said he interviewed "over a hundred" people for the book, adding, "I would say that maybe half of those are key people".
Do Republican politicians in Congress really believe their own best interests - never mind the best interests of the United States - are served by Mr Trump in the White House? The book is set for release next Tuesday.
U.S. President Donald Trump continued his attacks Wednesday on an explosive book about his administration. 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.
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