Bob Woodward: Trump Threat ‘Has Not Been Treated Seriously Enough’

Bob Woodward: Trump Threat ‘Has Not Been Treated Seriously Enough’

Bob Woodward: Trump Threat ‘Has Not Been Treated Seriously Enough’

The book's release on Tuesday will follow an anonymous op-ed published last week in the New York Times describing senior administration officials' attempts to thwart the president in a "resistance" movement to protect the nation, dealing Trump a one-two punch in what is perhaps the toughest stretch of his presidency.

"The incidents are not anonymous", he said.

In particular, he highlighted an instance in which Trump complained to Defense Secretary James Mattis and other staff at an NSC meeting about the expense of US forces overseas.

The anonymous author wrote in the Times that where Trump has had successes, they have come "despite - not because of - the president's leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective".

Woodward wrote in his book that Cohn was "appalled" that Trump might sign the letter, and reportedly said, "I stole it off his desk".

"To the President's point, there could be a national security risk at hand; he doesn't want this person in a meeting where he's discussing China, Russia, North Korea", Conway told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union".

Trump called it a "gutless editorial", but his public anger was initially directed more toward The Times than the piece's author, whom he dismissed as someone who's probably "failing" at his job and is in the administration "for all the wrong reasons".

Kelly is quoted calling Trump "an idiot", and Mattis is quoted saying Trump has the understanding of "a fifth or sixth-grader", but they've said they didn't make those statements.


Woodward told CBS that during exchanges with North Korea last year, Trump focused on the fact that the US paid $3.5 billion a year to have troops in South Korea, saying "I don't know why they're there", and asking why the USA has 28,000 troops stationed there.

As part Trump's efforts to discredit Woodward on Monday, he wrote another tweet in which he quoted Washington Examiner reporter Katelyn Caralle as saying, "You can not take this book too seriously".

U.S. President Donald Trump drafted - but never posted - a tweet that could have been seen as a warning the U.S. was going to attack North Korea, veteran journalist Bob Woodward said.

"And he said: "'It is mostly anonymous sources in here, why should anyone trust you? He accused the media of trying to undermine the Trump administration and said he found that "incredibly disturbing". Dems can't stand losing.

The Vice President also argued that the author of the Times article was guilty of more than just disloyalty.

"Look at the ones we know of: Jeff Sessions - the president has been pushing him very openly to go after the president's enemies and lay off his friends", Flake said. Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people.

"The Woodward book is a scam", Trump tweeted Friday.

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