Bob Woodward on "Fear" in the Trump White House

10 September, 2018, 01:34 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Senior Donald Trump administration official flays president in anonymous New York Times op-ed essay

Kerry was also alluding to the latest revelations that surfaced in an anonymous and damning op-ed in the New York Times by someone within the Trump administration who claimed to be part of the "resistance".

Such a declaration from the "U.S. commander in chief on Twitter was nearly unthinkable" and Pentagon leadership anxious that such a tweet would provoke North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Woodward wrote.

The White House has struggled to respond to the op-ed. For instance, he wrote that Chief Economic Adviser Gary Cohn and White House staff secretary Rob Porter, before their ousters from the administration, stole documents off Trump's desk in the Oval Office so he couldn't sign them.

Woodward said he interviewed "over a hundred" people for the book, adding, "I would say that maybe half of those are key people".

"If you believe that this Times piece hurts Trump, you might be dumb enough to read the Times", Gutfeld said.

Dozens of officials in Trump's administration, including Cabinet members, West Wing officials and other senior officials across federal agencies, have repeatedly stepped in to keep Trump's most impulsive and reckless decisions (in their words) from ever seeing the light of day.

Others quickly followed suit to distance themselves from the Times op-ed, which claims there is an effort by a group of conservative administration insiders who are working against Trump.

First lady Melania Trump also weighed in, praising the free press as "important to our democracy" before attacking the writer, saying "you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions".

"He's wrong, and my reporting is meticulous and careful", Woodward said, affirming even the most eyebrow-raising passages in his book.

"There's clearly a rising Republican tide of opposition to Trump, and he will not handle that well", said Mike Murphy, a Republican consultant who opposed Trump's candidacy in 2016.

Famed Watergate journalist Bob Woodward, whose new book paints a picture of turmoil, chaos and infighting in the Trump administration, warned that "people better wake up" to the president's behavior in the White House. He told an associate later "that he removed the letter to protect national security and that Trump did not notice it was missing", The Post said.

Still, Ponnuru cautioned against reading too much into the op-ed for clues about how it might impact Trump's long-term political agenda.

What's the analog in the New York Times op-ed?

"So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until - one way or another - it's over", the senior official writes in the New York Times piece.

The identity of the senior official who wrote the op-ed has not been made public.

"Nothing in this town stays secret forever, and so ultimately I do think we will find out who is the author", Meadows said.

The Sunday shows surfaced top-level denials from Trump officials. "I would know. I am one of them".

"There were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president".


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