Trump almost sent Tweet which ‘could have triggered war with North Korea’

WASHINGTON - Bob Woodward, the author of a new book describing how top aides to US President Donald Trump have attempted to limit what they saw as his risky behavior, said on Sunday he would not have published the anonymous op-ed by an administration official that appeared in the New York Times last week.

"I've never seen an instance when the president is so detached from the reality of what's going on", said Woodward, the author of the bombshell book "Fear: Trump in the White House".

We also learned that Gary Cohn, one of President Trump's advisors, lifted a letter off Trump's desk so that the president wouldn't act on his worrisome threat to scuttle a trade deal with South Korea.

The journalist and author of the highly anticipated upcoming book Fear appeared on NBC's Today show on Monday, suggesting that President Trump's actions are not being treated "seriously enough".

President Donald Trump has hit out at Bob Woodward's "joke" new book, calling it "fiction" and promising to write the "real book" about his presidency, as unflattering allegations from the upcoming release keep spreading online. This country does some things in the intelligence world which are so important to protect the country they are astonishing. "He's called this 'fraudulent, '" Guthrie said to Woodward.

"Time and time again people will deny things", Woodward says.

On CBS' "Face the Nation", Vice President Mike Pence dismissed Woodward's book.

"Just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources".

The press secretary, however, did not say whether or not the president would attempt to file a lawsuit against the New York Times for publishing the piece nor did she elaborate on Trump's tweet that the Justice Department investigate but added there would be cause to investigate if the writer was involved in discussions where national security was talked about.

Actually, Guthrie's question was a softball, giving Woodward a chance to explain, somewhat confusingly, that his sources might be anonymous but the "incidents" are not. The tweets attracted widespread attention and concern - "the Internet lost its collective mind", as Woodward wrote in his book.

The White House last week called Woodward's new book "nothing more than fabricated stories".

In a statement to The Washington Post, Woodward said, "I stand by my reporting". "As you know from having read my book there are dates and times and participants - I wouldn't have used it".

"What you'd like is the President to not worry so much about the short term of staffing, but the long term of vision-casting for America, pull us together as a people, help us deliberate about where we should go and then build a team of great, big-cause, low-ego people around you", he said. It's very important whether this is somebody who witnessed and participated.

John Dowd, the former White House legal counsel, allegedly told Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, that he did not want the president to testify because he would embarrass himself and the country.

  • Joey Payne