Woodward book goes on sale as ex-Trump aides push back

Woodward book goes on sale as ex-Trump aides push back

Woodward book goes on sale as ex-Trump aides push back

Honestly, Colbert's first question, about how on Earth people still think it's a good idea to talk to Woodward, is probably one that a lot of people have.

Pressed on whether Trump can win a credibility battle with the Pulitzer victor who helped expose President Richard Nixon's Watergate-era transgressions, Sanders pointed to "actual, on record" accounts from White House staffers, again pointing to Mattis and Kelly, "not disgruntled former employees".

(CNN) As a former Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent, I watched with horror on Monday as White House press secretary Sarah Sanders doubled down on claims made by President Donald Trump the previous week, when he indicated he wants the Justice Department to investigate the identity of the anonymous author of a recent and explosive New York Times op-ed. For example: how broken is the USA claim to be a democracy?

"It was clear that Trump did not understand the way the USA government debt cycle balance sheet worked", Woodward wrote. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making ... The official complains about Trump's affinity for autocrats, like Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un, and lack of support for America's steadfast allies.

The president is quoted in the book brutally insulting members of his cabinet and refers to attorney general Jeff Sessions as "mentally retarded". "Because we go up and every time you go up they want to raise rates again".

"We didn't think there was any way to make that contribution without some guarantee of anonymity", Sulzberger said. There is no threat to national security.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly blasted Woodward's book, calling it a "joke" and a "scam", even though in 2013 Mr. Trump tweeted, "Only the Obama WH can get away with attacking Bob Woodward". "It's either that or an orange jump suit (of a prisoner)". He left the White House earlier this year amid allegations of domestic abuse, which he has denied.

Then Woodward's book shook up the administration. Australian author Clive James claimed that Woodward "checks his facts until they weep with boredom".

And then the bombshell New York Times anonymous an op-ed titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration" created a storm another the Trump administration.

Republican loyalists dutifully added how dastardly the author was. Accurately anticipating the public response to various developments, the USA president manages to portray himself as a guardian of democracy who defies the deep state and coup plotters.

When Guthrie asked if some of the "Fear" sources lied on the record about true comments they made, Woodward replied, "I'm not going to - you're going to use the lie word".

As Staff Secretary, I was responsible for managing the flow of documents to and from the Oval Office and ensuring that anything the President was asked to sign had been properly vetted. But is this how to run a country?

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