Sunday, 21 October, 2018


Bob Woodward tells Stephen Colbert what shocked him most about Trump

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Hannah Rogers | 12 September, 2018, 19:13

Donald Trump Jr. expressed concern Tuesday about the dwindling number of White House staffers loyal to his father, who has railed about an anonymous op-ed by a senior administration official who painted a grim picture of the president. The New York Times' reviewer wrote: "We knew things were bad".

Don Jr. offered his own theory on who was behind last week's opinion piece, which claimed White House staff are deliberately frustrating numerous president's orders. It's pretty obvious that Cohn left the administration feeling decidedly unsupportive of a large part of the president's economic agenda and was never supportive of the fringe conservative social agenda that he tried to ignore during his tenure. "And I think the president's actions since the release of this piece have underscored exactly why we felt that was so important".

Once he won, Trump considered an unusual approach that was quickly slapped down by his chief economic advisor, according to veteran journalist Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", which went on sale Tuesday.

Even before the book came out, Trump called it a "scam", and Woodward a "liar".

On the eve of its release, the president took to Twitter with a preemptive round of attacks, denouncing as fiction Woodward's reconstruction of scenes in which frustrated aides scramble to contain the mercurial president's reckless impulses. In his 1987 book "Veiled" about the CIA, Woodward attributed quotes he claimed to have gotten from former CIA Director William Casey.

We do not want to go back to that place and time, where zealous politicians could enlist the use of government agents for their own political aims.

When Gary Cohn explained that increasing borrowing would push up the federal deficit, Trump suggested simply printing more money to pay off the debt.

And Woodward, the victor of two Pulitzer prizes, said, "I'm not".

"If Gen. [James] Mattis had an issue with my father he would say it to his face", he said of the defense secretary, who, according to the expose, compared the president to a "fifth- or sixth-grader".

The amusing thing about the statements is that they boost precisely what Woodward says about his craft. He's gone off the rails. "They are not telling the truth". "He and I both know this story is total BS". Many senior aides have also scrambled to deny they made the comments, claiming they weren't quoted accurately by the investigative reporter.

"The suggestion that materials were "stolen" from the president's desk to prevent his signature misunderstands how the White House document review process works - and has worked for at least the last eight administrations", Porter said in the statement to The Salt Lake Tribune. "I'll write the real book!" A Quinnipiac poll measured Trump's approval at 38%, down from 41% a month prior.

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