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Bob Woodward's Book Goes on Sale as Ex-Trump Aides Push Back

12 Septembre 2018

Case in point, one excerpt reveals the newly appointed National Economic Council director Gary Cohn's "I've had a huge mistake" moment in his first meeting with then president-elect Trump. "And I think we can break history", he added.

Trump doesn't realize "that the national security for the country comes from having trade relations and having security agreements, like North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and secret intelligence partnerships", Woodward added, calling it one of the most shocking revelations in the book.

"Just run the presses-print money", Trump said, according to Woodward. Trump allegedly asked Christie about transition team funds.

In Fear, Woodward describes the White House as a "nervous breakdown" of the executive branch.

The vignette is one of many in the acclaimed investigative reporter's book that describes a chaotic White House and a president being handled by top aides concerned by his behavior and decision-making. His latest book focuses on Donald Trump - portraying the President as uninformed and unprepared for the demands of his office - detached from the reality of what's going on.

After learning of the news regarding Mueller and Deutsche Bank, a primary lender to the president, Woodward wrote that a furious Trump phoned Dowd at 7 a.m. Trump has referred to Woodward as a "liar".

Finally, Trump Jr. acknowledged that the Democrats could win back the House during the midterm elections. "To be clear", he wrote in a subsequent tweet, "a number of the statements attributed to me and from others to me in the Woodward book are incorrect".

That claim aside, people inside the West Wing say the identity of the writer remains a topic of heated discussion as reports emerged that a list of possible authors had been drawn up.

Don Jr. offered his own theory on who was behind last week's opinion piece, which claimed White House staff are deliberately frustrating numerous president's orders.

As part Trump's efforts to discredit Woodward on Monday, he wrote another tweet in which he quoted Washington Examiner reporter Katelyn Caralle as saying, "You can not take this book too seriously". Trump dismissed the book last week as a "work of fiction".

"I'm not because I know what I did and I'm not anxious about any of that", Don Jr. said.

"We have so many people from Ireland in this country - I know so many of them, I feel like I know all of them", the president said.

Woodward and Bernstein's reporting led to a Congressional investigation that would have most likely ended with Nixon's impeachment.

Though the media has breathlessly praised Woodward's new book, there are credibility issues with the journalist at hand.

Bob Woodward's Book Goes on Sale as Ex-Trump Aides Push Back