Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Bob Woodward tangles with the mendacity of Trumpworld

Bob Woodward tangles with the mendacity of Trumpworld

The denials from the Pentagon followed Woodward's appearance on NBC's Today Show Monday in which he said that Mattis, a retired Marine general, and retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, the White House Chief of Staff, were "not telling the truth" in rejecting how they were quoted in the book. Excerpts published by The Washington Post earlier this month describe a "nervous breakdown" of the executive branch and include tales of aides swiping documents from the Trump's desk in an effort to "protect national security".

Pence said he did not know who wrote the Times column but that he was "100 percent confident that no one on the vice president's staff was involved in this anonymous editorial". A new book says Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to have dinner with Donald Trump there last June.

Woodward also claimed Mattis said that Trump's intelligence was that of "a fifth- or sixth-grader".

Woodward depicts widespread White House dysfunction in "Fear", raising explosive allegations of a paranoid president whose own staff believes is unhinged and erratic. Many senior aides have also scrambled to deny they made the comments, claiming they weren't quoted accurately by the investigative reporter.

Woodward's said he won't name the official but was happy with his public statement. According to a review of an advance copy obtained by Business Insider, the Woodward book includes some surprising details about President Trump's preferred tax and monetary policy.

In recent days, Trump has accused Woodward of making up quotes and mused about changing USA libel laws in an effort to better position himself to seek "retribution".

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Fager said he would not have thought that one note would have resulted in a dismissal after 36 years at the network, "but it did". A CBS News reporter working on a story about Fager revealed that he had sent her a text message urging her to "be careful".

"I think there are people in there that he can trust, it's just-it's a much smaller group than I would like it to be", he said.

Although the primary topic of this video has to do with the debate between getting information that's off the record or instead on deep background, the moment that strikes perhaps hardest is that Woodward found the current iteration of the White House "shocking".

"Just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources. It gives a date, it gives a time, who participates, most often the president himself and what he says", Woodward said. Woodward goes on "The Daily Briefing" to talk about his new book 'Fear'.

Several people in Trump's orbit have called the book's accuracy into question, while Woodward has maintained several times that he stands by his reporting. Trump tweeted Monday prior to the Woodward interview.

The looming release of Woodward's book, according to reports, has had the White House on edge for weeks.

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