Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Bob Woodward: 'Great Washington Denial Machine' Driven By Politics, Not Truth


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.

Cohn is featured heavily in the book and some of Woodward's most explosive revelations revolve around Cohn.

The book has caused controversy as it reportedly portrays Donald Trump as chaotic, mercurial and uninformed.

On the substance of Trump's record, they got nothing, so they try to cover those results up with shallow nonsense, to scare people over nothing.

- Governor Christie (@GovChristie) September 11, 2018To be clear, a number of the statements attributed to me and from others to me in the Woodward book are incorrect.

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Several administration officials, including Defense Secretary James Mattis and chief of staff John Kelly, have denied the anecdotes and quotes ascribed to them in Woodward's book.

Sanders blasted Woodward's reporting as "incredibly reckless". "You have the exact type of coup right now", he said in reference to the Union Army commander who Lincoln fired because he did not follow orders. "It's 1,000-percent correct.' And then this person has said some public things that contradict that", Woodward, who did not name the official, told the Times" Michael S. Schmidt. "I mean, over the years, I wasn't going to people's homes without an appointment", knocking on the door and asking them to talk. But I've done hundreds of hours of interviews with people.

"There were drafts of a proposal to get out of the Paris climate accord that were removed from the president's desk", Woodward says.

"The people are not anonymous to me", he says of his sources.

Cohn did not deny any specific allegations made in the book. Trump has personally taken offense to the book's contents, which he described as "another assault against me". Trump himself has shown little willingness to let Woodward's claims go by the wayside, tweeting the famed Watergate journalist "is a liar who is like a Dem operative prior to the midterms".

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"A source tells us he [Trump] shouted out 'Bring back Hope Hicks!' Apparently, he preferred her response to ["Fire and Fury" author] Michael Wolff".

Since details of the book leaked, some see those aides as protecting the country.

In early 2018, Trump sent several belligerent tweets that seemed created to taunt North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

At the start of September, Trump took to Twitter to vent his frustration at the book.

Chris Christie (R) is accusing former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon of being a "co-author" of the tell-all White House book by veteran journalist Bob Woodward.

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But while Trump continues to insist privately that he wants leakers punished - in particular, the author of an unsigned New York Times opinion piece - it remained unclear if his administration would mete out any discipline. Even approaching the debt ceiling can be harmful to the stock market and United States economic growth.

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