"I wouldn't have used it", Woodward added of the Times opinion column during his first televised interview about his 19th book, Fear: Trump in the White House, which is scheduled for release on September 11.
"I've seen the references to it but I haven't read it and I don't know that I can give an informed opinion on it", he said. He pointed to another instance described in the book, a meeting of the National Security Council in which Trump questions why the U.S.is funding military defenses in Europe.
The veteran Washington Post investigative reporter, who uncovered the truth about the Watergate break-in that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation, has torn away the West Wing's veil of secrecy, revealing an often chaotic, combative staff operation at war with Mr. Trump's impulsive, paranoid decision-making.
"The Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources", Trump wrote on his Twitter account. "The things that Trump did and does jeopardizes the real national security".
Pushing back against explosive reports his own administration is conspiring against him, President Donald Trump lashed out against the anonymous senior official who wrote a New York Times opinion piece claiming to be part of a "resistance" working "from within" to thwart his most unsafe impulses.
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Kim said that declaring an end to the war is, above all, the first process in building trust between Washington and Pyongyang.
Woodward told CBS that during exchanges with North Korea last year, Trump focused on the fact that the US paid $3.5 billion a year to have troops in South Korea, saying "I don't know why they're there", and asking why the USA has 28,000 troops stationed there. Woodward said that he interviewed more than 100 people, including one person nine times. By 10:50 am ET, Trump had tweeted or re-tweeted 15 times today, including a definitely not-canon Charlie Brown cartoon panel. They would criticize the president behind his back and undermine his more radical suggestions, the book claims. "We have a President who is not capable of doing the job, who clearly has these temper tantrums, doesn't know enough to be making numerous decisions he makes". Dems can't stand losing. I don't know how Donald Trump is going to react to this. He said "these are political statements to protect their jobs".
Trump also insisted that the White House is a "smooth running machine".
Woodward's revelations, which are consistent with much of the reporting that's been done about this White House over the past 20 months, would ordinarily be a devastating multiday story. Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. The Times said a person at the private event provided the paper with an audio recording of Mulvaney's remarks.