Woodward: Mattis, Kelly denials of his book quotes on Trump untrue

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Trump Jr. also told ABC that he was not anxious about special counsel Robert Mueller's sweeping probe into Russian election meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. "You walk around this place and act like you're in charge, and you're not". It was widely reported that Cohn left over Trump's plans to impose steel tariffs on USA allies. He said people in Trump's administration are anxious that the president will sign things or give orders that threaten USA or world security and finances.

"The Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources", Mr Trump said in the first of a series of tweets. Cohn said the book doesn't accurately depict his time at the White House. I like him very much", Trump is quoted as saying in Woodward's book "Fear: "Trump in the White House" The book has stirred a fresh row over its description of Trump as chaotic, mercurial and uninformed.

Echoing the words of President Donald Trump, Sanders referred to the article's author as "gutless", but brushed off questions at Monday's briefing about whether or not the White House was attempting to identify the "senior official".

Porter says he was tasked with ensuring that "pros and cons were evaluated" on policy proposals and other decisions.

There have been reports of massive staff dysfunction in the Trump White House from the get-go. His entire life - including the long period before he started running for president - suggests that Trump is simply telling himself a story of his own life. That comes on top of Defense Secretary James Mattis being quoted as saying Trump had the understanding of a "fifth- or sixth-grader".

At some points, Woodward writes, Porter stood as a critical voice to temper the president's whims. Cohn and Porter reportedly worked "steal" a letter from Trump's desk that would have pulled the USA out of its trade deal with South Korea and prevent further copies of the order from reaching him. "If it's not on his desk, if it's not immediately available for action, it goes away".

It's the work that brought down a presidency and launched a thousand reporting careers.

But Woodward added this: "I think people better wake up to the nature of the war on truth and its effect".

"We'll slow-walk that one too", Porter promised.

Bob Woodward's book on the Trump administration, "Fear: Trump in the White House", hits bookstores Tuesday but has been making headlines for about a week as details leak out. Trump allegedly asked Christie about transition team funds. Because the president is taking issue, calling your book fiction, does your style of reporting, using those anonymous sources to reconstruct very specific conversations, does that unintentionally feed his narrative that the press is making things up? A fair portion of your book focuses on the special counsel's investigation and the president's rage against it. And they're in a position, and. they should say whatever they want to say.

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