Trump dismisses Woodward book as 'joke'

Woodward on Anonymous NYT Op-Ed: 'I Wouldn’t Have Used It'

Woodward on Anonymous NYT Op-Ed: 'I Wouldn’t Have Used It'

That's counter to accounts in Woodward's book and in an anonymous op-ed in The New York Times from a senior administration official of a Trump White House mired in dysfunction, with aides disparaging the Republican president and working to prevent him from making disastrous decisions.

"The way you respond to Michael Wolfe is not the same way to respond to Bob Woodward, who I think has written books about nine presidents now", Stelter laughed.

"Imagine your lawyer telling you you are disabled and you can't testify because you can't tell the truth - you just make things up", Wooodward told Colbert.

"I don't think there's any one author", he told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on "The Ingraham Angle".

"I'm willing to put myself out here, I've done the work, this is the best reporting you can do, or that I can do", said Woodward.

"No, and you knock", Woodward said.

Between excerpts from Bob Woodward's new book, Fear: Trump in the White House, and the New York Times op-ed from an anonymous administration official, people are starting to get a chilling glimpse of what it's really like inside the White House and just how little respect President Donald Trump commands from his staff.

"These are political statements to protect their jobs", he said.

In the book, Woodward claims Defense Secretary James Mattis once said Trump has the understanding of "a fifth- or sixth-grader" and that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly called Trump an "idiot".

The Trump administration has been on an offensive in recent weeks, seeking to discredit Woodward and the contents of his book.

Nevertheless, Woodward continues to float the idea they are "saving the country".

Sanders refused to comment on whether President Trump plans to file a libel lawsuit against Woodward.

"I'm not because I know what I did and I'm not anxious about it", he said, again denying that he spoke to his father about his June 2016 Trump Tower sit-down with a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton. And I think it illuminates what's going on, and not in some kind of abstract way. "One person I interviewed nine times and transcripts of these conversations are 7 or 800 pages long, goes hundreds of pages", he added. "And in the end I know what I've done, and I'm not anxious about that at all, because you know, I've done nothing that anyone else wouldn't do in that position, in my opinion".

The reporter explains how Trump asked how much the defence system costs and baulks at the $1 billion price tag.

The journalist then says how Dowd told Trump that he either do it his way or get "fitted for an orange jumpsuit".

Woodward was born in IL in 1943 and attended Yale University before serving in the US Navy until 1970. " 'I'm taking this book with a grain of salt & everyone should do the same".

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