Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

White House says everything is fine, though signs point otherwise

White House says everything is fine, though signs point otherwise

Lots of Trump administration officials were quick to scratch their names off the list of potential authors of an unsigned New York Times opinion piece by a member of the so-called resistance working to thwart "reckless decisions" by President Donald Trump. The White House, in a statement from press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, dismissed the book as "nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the President look bad".

The official described a "two-track" presidency in which Trump says one thing and his staff consciously does another, for example with regard to what he called Trump's "preference for autocrats and dictators".

Mr Trump later tweeted, "TREASON?" and in an extraordinary move demanded that if "the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"

Woodward wrote in "Fear: Trump in the White House" that Cohn was "appalled" that Trump might sign the letter.

"But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic", the piece states.

Donald Trump said it was a "gutless editorial" and "really a disgrace", and his press secretary called on the official to resign. "I'll write the real book!"

In his interview with NPR, Woodward also addresses the anonymous op-ed published in The New York Times shortly after the first excerpts of his book were circulating.

Venting for a second day, Trump tweeted that "Fear: Trump in the White House" was the "exact opposite of the fact".

From the White House to the executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief's comments and actions, the writer claimed.

Asked if Trump is still a credible voice, Sanders insisted he was: "Absolutely".

There have been previous reports by journalists and former White House staffers of upheaval in the White House West Wing since Trump's January 2017 inauguration.

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She noted that Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, Mattis and Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in New Delhi on Thursday for a major strategy summit with leaders of India, the world's largest democracy and a crucial ally.

"What you'd like is the President to not worry so much about the short term of staffing, but the long term of vision-casting for America, pull us together as a people, help us deliberate about where we should go and then build a team of great, big-cause, low-ego people around you", he said.

"The Woodward book is a scam".

Gary Cohn, the former economic adviser, used this ploy to stop the president from scrapping trade agreements worth billions of dollars with Korea, Mexico and Canada.

The president concluded that the statements refuted Woodward's book, and noted the "timing" of the release, though it was unclear what he meant by that.

The White House has called for the resignation of the senior administration official who wrote the piece.

"I am not author of the anonymous NY Times op-ed", Linda tweeted.

The writer, one of a duo with Carl Bernstein whose reporting for the Post on the Watergate scandal highlighted the investigations that brought down president Richard Nixon, has published powerful and often embarrassing insider books on presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama.

Here's the CBS report on Trump's refutation of Woodward's book:What else?

On Amazon, Woodward's new book was ranked as the top-selling book on Tuesday.

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