Trump book: Key sources turn heat on Bob Woodward

Trump book: Key sources turn heat on Bob Woodward

Darren Sullivan
September 14, 2018

In an interview with Stephen Colbert, Woodward said "these are people who are trying to survive and keep their job, and I know other reporters who've heard things from those people, and they have heard the exact same thing, but it was off the record so they couldn't use it".

Still, Woodward's book has fed talk that Trump could seek to replace Kelly and Mattis.

On Tuesday, as Woodward's book was publicly released, Porter issued a statement saying that the tome was "selective and often misleading" in how it discusses Trump and his administration.

In a series of Tweets Monday, the president continued to lash out at Woodward personally and his book's portrayal of Trump as a foul-mouthed and bumbling egotist. The Associated Press, a newswire, wrote an entire story on the three hugs Modi gave Trump.

Trump and several members of his administration who were quoted have called the book "fiction and fabrication".

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For his part, Woodward told NBC that while the sources are anonymous, the incidents are not-he provided a date and time for each one that appeared in the book.

"I want to be able to run the show", the Journal quoted one source as describing Flood's wishes. "These quotes were made up". The author did not name the White House official, but said he acknowledged the book privately, only to defame it later.

Fear is set to be released on September 11, and as of Tuesday morning was already the fifth best-selling book on Amazon for the year, just ahead of former FBI Director James Comey's A Higher Loyalty.

While Woodward's is not the first unflattering investigation into Trump's White House, it carries particular weight coming from the man who together with Carl Bernstein authored the Watergate expose that brought down Richard Nixon.

The publisher also says pre-order sales of the book were the largest for any title in Simon & Schuster history. The former Goldman Sachs president was attempting to explain why the Federal Reserve rates would probably increase during his first term in office, but he was left "astounded" by Trump's stupidity, according to the book. "Even his chief of staff, General [John] Kelly, did not know that this meeting was going to take place or that this was a decided new policy". 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. Woodward also writes that Trump refused to send any additional aid. This development alone should have prompted Woodward to rethink his assessment of Trump's flexibility, pragmatism, and willingness to change his positions.