Bob Woodward Explains Explosive Ending Of His Trump Book ‘Fear’

Tabitha Dunn
September 12, 2018

In an interview with CBS News, the veteran journalist teased a scene from his upcoming book 'Fear: Trump in the White House' that illustrates just one example of the President doing something that could "threaten the national security or the financial security of the country, or of the world".

Asked by NBC why readers should trust his account using anonymous sources, Woodward said: "The incidents are not anonymous".

It appeared to be another instance of the president versus the administration, as Trump proceeded on one track while the agencies largely moved on another.

Woodward's book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", opens with a dramatic anecdote about Cohn sneaking into the Oval Office and stealing a one-page draft letter proposing to pull the US out of a trade deal with South Korea. He added: "I would have been happy to correct them if Mr". "It is mostly anonymous sources in here".

Trump and the White House, along with numerous senior officials including Defense Secretary James Mattis and chief of staff John Kelly, strongly disputed the book's content.

Cohn, who served as Trump's economic adviser before leaving over disagreements about trade policy, issued a similarly weak rebuttal to the book. It's pointless to try to convince him of anything. He's gone off the rails. "As you know and are living, we are at a pivot point in history", he said. "This is the worst job I've ever had".

In another part of the book, Mattis allegedly said that Trump had the understanding of a "fifth- or sixth-grader" of the situation on the Korean peninsula.

Mattis and Kelly have both denied the quotes attributed to them. And unlike, say, Michael Wolff or Omarosa Manigault Newman, Woodward comes from a position of decades of journalism about the highest levels of government with very, very few questions about the veracity of his work.

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"That's lying", Guthrie pointed out.

"This book does not accurately portray my experience at the White House", Cohn said in a statement he sent to the political news site Axios. "I wouldn't let him see it". What I want to focus on is - here's the problem. "Some of the things Trump did and does jeopardize the real national security".

The White House claims the book is riddled with falsehoods and the President has accused Woodward of acting as a shill for the Democrats.

"Does this ring true?"

"Sir, you can't take the top rate up", Cohn said, according to Woodward. "I think that's a shame". "Does it ring true?"

But Woodward says in his book there was an even more risky tweet that wasn't sent, declaring that Trump was withdrawing the family members of USA troops from South Korea. Dems can't stand losing. But I really appreciate their statement.

Controversy on his credibility is not a new issue for Woodward.

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