Watergate's Woodward says Times Trump op-ed not up to his standards

11 September, 2018, 07:56 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence meet with sheriffs from across the country at the White House on Wednesd

Some of the top women in the White House are blasting an anonymous New York Times op-ed in which the author, identified as a senior Trump administration official, claimed that officials are working to undermine the president.

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.

That would be a problem for the Times, partly through no fault of its own, said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, communications professor and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement saying that "this coward should do the right thing and resign".

The president has branded Woodward's book a "fraud" and a work of fiction. "'Sean, ' Mattis finally said, 'I've killed people for a living".

Mr Trump later tweeted, "TREASON?" and in an extraordinary move demanded that if "the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"

"He is not putting country first, but putting himself and his ego ahead of the will of the American people", she said.

"That wasn't what they thought they'd be doing initially, but it's how they've rationalised their decision to stay in those jobs", the lobbyist said, speaking on condition of anonymity to reveal internal administration discussions.

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".

"The Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources".

In his interview with NPR, Woodward also addresses the anonymous op-ed published in The New York Times shortly after the first excerpts of his book were circulating.


Trump posted another statement from White House chief of staff John Kelly.

Reporters gathered at the White House in a frenzy in hopes of getting some reaction to the publication of the essay.

Trump insisted he "never used those terms on anyone, including Jeff", adding that "being a southerner is a GREAT thing".

Evidently caught off guard by the level of detail in the book, White House officials were soliciting advice from allies on how to respond to the book as recently as this weekend, a person familiar with those conversations said.

The official said at best, Trump has invoked these ideals in scripted settings and at worst, he has attacked them outright. Dowd, who stepped down in January, resigned after the mock interview, the book says.

Former chief economic advisor Gary Cohn, Woodward writes, once tried to prevent a trade disaster when Trump asked for paperwork pulling the USA out of a bilateral agreement with South Korea.

In the article entitled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration", the official stressed they were committed to the Republican agenda, and did not side with opposition Democrats. "Maybe I wasn't given messages that he called".

The book's title comes from what Woodward calls an "almost Shakespearean aside" made by Trump.

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

Here's the CBS report on Trump's refutation of Woodward's book:What else?

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

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