Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Bob Woodward tangles with the mendacity of Trumpworld

Bob Woodward tangles with the mendacity of Trumpworld

"I've done books and articles for the Washington Post on eight presidents, from Nixon to Obama", Woodward told Tremonti.

The Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 61 percent of voters think the administration is chaotic, while 32 percent believe it is running well.

"I think there are people in there that he can trust, it's just - it's a much smaller group than I would like it to be", Donald Trump Jr. said in an interview aired Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America".

The former staff secretary said it was his job to ensure relevant viewpoints were considered so the president could make the best decisions.

Hall pointed to a passage from Bob Woodward's new book about the Trump White House in which the president's lawyers tried in vain to prepare him for a hypothetical interview with Robert Mueller's investigators.

Mr Trump is quoted in "Fear" brutally insulting members of his own cabinet, referring to Attorney General Jeff Sessions as "mentally retarded" and former chief of staff Reince Priebus as a "little rat".

Woodward, since becoming famous in the 1970s for his Watergate reporting, has written several bestsellers about sitting presidents. It has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

"It's not every day or every month or every year, or certainly every administration for that matter, that someone in the administration publishes a scathing criticism of the president of the United States", he said. According to Woodward, Trump made this comment during a Situation Room meeting in the White House on July 19 previous year, almost three weeks after he had a very successful meeting with Modi at the White House on June 26.

Porter said that suggesting materials from Trump's desk were "stolen" to prevent the president from taking action "misunderstands how the White House document review process works".

When Colbert asked if Woodward ever told sources he was going to write a story without the source's perspective, Woodward said no. The New York Times' reviewer wrote: "We knew things were bad".

"President Trump called me and expressed some distress that I had not talked to him for the book", he recalled. By no means anti-Trump, Bob Woodward has produced a book that, for all its gossipy tidbits, gives far more respectability to Trump's program than it deserves. "He was caught cold, even by NBC", Trump tweeted.

"Cohn cited no specific objections to Woodward's extensive reporting of his private views that Trump needed to be saved from his most risky impulses", Axios reports.

Mr Mattis also issued a statement, re-tweeted at least twice by Mr Trump, saying, "The contemptuous words about the president attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence".

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