Bob Woodward Responds to Trump's "Fake News" Claims in TV Interview

Trump fires back at Bob Woodward book with statements from James Mattis and John Kelly

"Barely two days later, the New York York Times took the extraordinary step of publishing an anonymously penned op-ed by a "senior Trump administration official" who claimed to speak for an internal resistance movement that "[wants] the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous". "The incidents are not anonymous, it gives a date, it gives a time, who participates, most often the president himself and what he says".

Donald Trump is making an aggressive effort to stem the crisis of authority afflicting his presidency at a critical moment.

Woodward wrote in his book that Cohn was "appalled" that Trump might sign the letter, and reportedly said, "I stole it off his desk".

"People who work for him are anxious. that he will sign things or give orders that threaten the national security or the financial security of the country, or of the world", he told CBS.

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 risky impulses.

He also tweeted out written statements of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, both of whom denied uttering quoted criticisms of the president in the book.

"Having served President Reagan in the White House, what you should do if you have any integrity is resign and publicly make the same statement", McIntosh tweeted.

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The Trump administration has been on an offensive in recent weeks, seeking to discredit Woodward and the contents of his book. Woodward's new book is due to be published on Tuesday, and the veteran journalist is promoting his damning account of the President's leadership.

That's a big deal - especially because it confirms much of the daily reporting that has come out of this White House since Trump became President 19 months ago.

"It's certainly not a good journalistic practice to do an op-ed in somebody else's voice who is going to remain nameless", said Republican political analyst Mike Dawidziak.

"These people are not anonymous to me", Woodward told NPR. Dems can't stand losing. Asked whether he has tape recordings of most of the interviews, Woodward said yes.

Woodward's employer, the Washington Post, released audio of a conversation between Trump and Woodward in which the author insists he tried repeatedly to gain an interview and Trump claims not to have been told of the requests. In one of his September 5 tweets, Trump posted, "Does the so-called "Senior Administration Official' really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source?"

"You want to use the "lie" word, what I want to do is focus on ... here's the problem, this has not been treated seriously enough ... and some of the things that Trump did (and does) jeopardized the real national security", he said.

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