Trump Renews Attack on Critical Book

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"I am proud of my service in the Trump administration, and I continue to support the president and his economic agenda", Cohn said in a statement provided to Axios.

Woodward, who has covered every administration since his groundbreaking coverage of Nixon and the Watergate scandal, said yes.

On Monday, in his first live interview to promote Fear, Woodward said on NBC's Today that he sees President Trump is a threat to the country.

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The author quoted White House chief of staff John Kelly as calling Trump an "idiot" and telling a staff meeting in his office, "We're in crazytown", and Mattis as saying that Trump had an understanding of world affairs of something akin to a "fifth- or sixth-grader", quotes they both have denied.

In the book, Woodward cited an alleged phone conversation between Trump and Mattis in which Trump went into an expletive-laden rant against Assad and told Mattis to have him killed.

Sanders wouldn't rule out a lawsuit against Woodward on Monday, though Trump has long threatened legal action against his detractors that never materializes. I think we could be so rich if we weren't stupid.

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Woodward added, "He's got it in his head, and when people challenge him he will say, 'Oh, I've had those ideas for thirty years - you're wrong'". Any book is going to be "selective", and whether the book is "misleading" is certainly debatable, though someone who worked inside the White House is hardly an objective observer. Porter described Woodward's chapters as offering a "selective and often misleading portrait", specifically rebuffing a passage that claims Cohn snatched a document from Mr. Trump's desk that would have pulled the US out of a trade agreement with South Korea. The meeting was held a couple of weeks after PM Modi had met Donald Trump after he became US President.

The pair fought over Trump's desire to place tariffs on imports, and Cohn is said to have stolen documents off Trump's desk to prevent the president from pulling the USA out of major trade deals. But Woodward found himself reprising the reporting tactics he deployed at the start of his career, before he was the nation's most famous investigative reporter and the author now of 19 books. And, yes, they're protecting themselves but, my God, who doesn't try to protect themselves? "But someone actively trying to undermine the duly elected president and the entire executive branch of government, that seems quite problematic to me and something they should take a look at", she said. Similarly, The New York Times op-ed prompted a parade of statements from top administration officials denying responsibility. "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.

Cohn too took issue with Woodward's narrative.

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