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Trump Disputes Book's Portrayal Of White House Dysfunction

11 Septembre 2018

"Barely two days later, the New York York Times took the extraordinary step of publishing an anonymously penned op-ed by a "senior Trump administration official" who claimed to speak for an internal resistance movement that "[wants] the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous".

Woodward's book is the latest to throw the Trump administration into damage-control mode with explosive anecdotes and concerns about the commander in chief.

Woodward, famously part of the duo of reporters who unearthed the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post during the Nixon administration, said he interviewed almost 100 people for Fear: Trump in the White House, slated for release on September 11.

Trump calls it "another bad book" and says Woodward has "a lot of credibility problems".

"I'm not sure it matters", Conway said.

The book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", says he did so following a mock-interview he conducted with Trump in anticipation of sitting down with special counsel Robert Mueller.

"But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic".

"Certainly just because they keep getting told doesn't make them more true", Sanders said.

Woodward in the book recounts how Defense Secretary James Mattis had to explain to Trump why the United States pays $3.5 billion a year to station 28,000 troops in South Korea, telling the president it was a key line of defense against North Korea to prevent "World War Three".

U.S. President Donald Trump has suggested the opinion piece in the New York Times may be "treason" and is calling for the newspaper to identify its source.

"White House staffers, she said, aren't focused on "(dealing) with cowards that refuse to put their names in an anonymous letter".

"When I heard about this, from notes of that NSC meeting - I've never heard anything like that", Woodward tells NPR.

After touching on Trump's flaws as a president, the Journal went after the president for his personal demeanor, saying he brought the chaos and dysfunction upon himself.

Mattis a day earlier had issued a statement denying his remarks in Woodward's book.

The book includes accounts of senior staff ignoring presidential orders and of former top economic adviser Gary Cohn removing a letter from the president's desk that would have withdrawn the U.S. from a trade agreement with South Korea so Trump could not sign it.

Today, Sanders is urging the American people to call the New York Times and demand to know who wrote the piece. The Post released audio of Trump expressing surprise about the book in an August conversation with Woodward and dismay that he did not have an opportunity to contribute.

"We are disappointed, but not surprised, that the paper chose to publish this pathetic, reckless, and selfish op-ed".

Woodward is best known for his reporting with the Washington Post that uncovered the Watergate scandal, which led to President Richard Nixon's downfall.

Attacking the veracity of the quotes attributed to Trump and his lieutenants in "Fear" has been a central plank of the administration's attempt to discredit Woodward.

But those who have praised the actions of the op-ed writer, and officials mentioned in Woodward's book who appear to be acting to contain an impulsive President, counter that senior officials may be acting to protect the Constitution itself from Trump's attacks.

On Amazon, Woodward's new book was ranked as the top-selling book on Tuesday.

Trump Disputes Book's Portrayal Of White House Dysfunction