Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Nolte: Bob Woodward Amps Up Scare Tactics to Hype Book

Nolte: Bob Woodward Amps Up Scare Tactics to Hype Book

President Donald Trump is once again pushing back on Watergate reporter Bob Woodward's book, claiming the White House is a "smooth running machine" - a different synopsis than the turmoil and paranoia depicted in Woodward's book.

He wrote that it was "just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources".

The op-ed, written by someone the Times only identified as a "senior administration official", says that "President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader. Frankly, the White House and the staff here are focused on doing our jobs", she told CNN's Jeff Zeleny. Woodward said when asked about situations involving former Trump lawyer John Dowd. "I'll write the real book!"

"The fact that that's being honestly discussed is ridiculous, and frankly, it's insulting to the almost 62 million people that came out and overwhelmingly supported this president, voted for him, supported his agenda, and are watching and cheering on as he successfully implements that agenda every single day", she added.

Trump, he said, characterized his "little rocket man" tweet war with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un as "leader versus leader, man versus man, me versus Kim", and at one point drafted a tweet that said, "We are going to pull our dependents from South Korea - family members of the 28,000 people there".

Trump Jr. said he believes a "low-level person" penned the scathing op-ed in The New York Times that described a morally unmoored president whose "more misguided impulses" are thwarted by staffers. "What was said in that anonymous letter was absolutely outrageous".

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"The Woodward book is a scam".

"If Gen. [James] Mattis had an issue with my father he would say it to his face", he said of the defense secretary, who, according to the expose, compared the president to a "fifth- or sixth-grader".

"That will put 1 million books in print before we've even gone on sale", Simon & Schuster told CNN on Monday, saying it had ordered multiple reprints to meet "extraordinary demand".

"Americans deserve to know the truth behind these accusations that the president poses a severe enough threat to our nation that the cabinet weighed invoking the 25th Amendment in order to remove him from office, and that those same unelected officials are in effect running the nation to mitigate the damage that would be done by the president", said Common Cause president Karen Hobert Flynn in a statement. " 'I'm taking this book with a grain of salt & everyone should do the same. Their quotes were made up frauds, a con on the public". "Bob Woodward is a liar who is like a Dem operative prior to the Midterms".

Both have enraged the President and led to new levels of suspicion among his staff, many of whom were already at odds with each other.

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