Trump spooked Pentagon with almost-sent tweet on N.Korea: Woodward

Trump spooked Pentagon with almost-sent tweet on N.Korea: Woodward

Among those top officials, according to confidential background interviews conducted by Woodward, is Defense Secretary James Mattis, who reportedly made disparaging comments about Trump and military actions the President sought to take against Syria and North Korea. "He said: 'Not only is it not true; I'd like to write a statement.' I said: 'Thank you very much".

Meanwhile White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that she didn't bring Woodward's request to interview the president for the book directly to Trump.

The New York Times published an op-ed written by an anonymous "senior administration official" last week that echoes numerous claims Woodward makes in his book, but he said he has "no idea" who the author is. "This coward should do the right thing and resign".

Zaid argued that if the author really intends to curb Trump, there was "greater value" in maintaining their position. He and Trump have had a deteriorating relationship, with the president repeatedly and publicly faulting him for the course of the Russian Federation probe, from which Sessions recused himself - ultimately leading to the appointment of a special counsel.

The offices of Vice President Mike Pence, DNI Director Dan Coates and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have all denied the piece came from them.

White House officials did not respond to requests to elaborate on Trump's call for the writer to be turned over to the government or on the unsupported national security grounds of his demand.

During a recent visit to a diner in Alabama, CNN correspondent Gary Tuchman asked a customer about the allegations in Woodwards's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House".

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The op-ed, written by an unnamed "senior" official, described a secret inside effort to protect the country from Trump's "misguided impulses".

"They realized that [these documents] would endanger the country", Woodward said.

"The dilemma - which [the president] does not fully grasp - is that numerous senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations", wrote the official. There is nothing like good dialogue from two people that like each other!

"There's never been a more positive statement", Trump told reporters.

Meanwhile, denials from key administration officials pour in. The U.S. president has a base of supporters who embrace or ignore the chaos.

Woodward also reported that Cohn took another memo off Trump's desk that, had the president signed it, would have initiated the process for the United States to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. "A wounded lion is a very risky animal, and I think Donald Trump is wounded".

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