Woodward: Trump Is 'Detached' From Reality, Jeopardizes National Security
- Author: Marlene Weaver Sep 14, 2018,
Sep 14, 2018, 0:36
The book includes multiple specific allegations of high-ranking staff members questioning the president's competence and circumventing some of his decisions, as well as Trump bad-mouthing top aides.
Woodward, since becoming famous in the 1970s for his Watergate reporting, has written several bestsellers about sitting presidents.
"You crank out the great Washington denial machine", he says. "And I'm not happy, but I have a smile on my face because the truth in all of this is going to emerge".
"These are political statements to protect their jobs", he said. I think that's a much broader conspiracy than people think. "'I'm not making a deal on anything until we get minerals.' And the United States 'must stop payments to Pakistan until they cooperate'".
"As anyone who has worked for Trump knows and I think that establishes this also", Woodward told Perino, "that it's very hard to control Trump". He refused to send any additional aid. The letter stated that the US was planning to withdraw from a trade agreement with South Korea. 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.
Trump Jr. said it's possible prosecutors could "try to create something" incriminating.
The Late Show is an hour-long show, and 20 of those minutes went to Woodward and Colbert talking about the book, its contents, and even a few historical references.
Simon & Schuster, the publishing company behind Bob Woodard's upcoming book, is reportedly printing one million copies of the White House tell-all to keep up with the "extraordinary demand". Trump, she said, had achieved "tremendous success" with his policies so far toward North Korea "and this letter was further evidence of progress in that relationship". "Bob Woodward is a liar who is like a Dem operative prior to the Midterms".
That idea was also supported by an unsigned article for The New York Times published Wednesday, which said that "unsung heroes" were quietly working within the administration to frustrate the president's "worst inclinations".