Axios: Gary Cohn, Rob Porter Rip 'Misleading' Woodward Book

Axios: Gary Cohn, Rob Porter Rip 'Misleading' Woodward Book

US President Donald Trump dismissed journalist Bob Woodward's bombshell book as a "joke" on Monday, a day before readers get their first full look at his detailed account of a White House in disarray.

"I'm not thrilled", he told CNBC's Joe Kernen in a July interview. While the president expressed annoyance that Barack Obama was taking credit for the nation's economic success, he told one adviser that the former president's increased visibility would give Trump more chances to attack a figure who remained very unpopular with his base.

Woodward's book isn't officially out until Tuesday, but publisher Simon and Schuster already announced it's printing one million hardcover copies.

Woodward cites another conversation about India between former chief of staff Reince Priebus and McMaster, who discussed Modi's then upcoming visit. The New York Times' reviewer wrote: "We knew things were bad". Also criticizing the book Tuesday was former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who said on Twitter that "a number of the statements attributed to me and from others to me in the Woodward book are incorrect".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders refused to back down from that idea on Monday, despite the fact that there's no indication any laws were broken.

The reporter explains how Trump asked how much the defence system costs and baulks at the $1 billion price tag.

"General Mattis, General Kelly said it's not true", Trump continued.

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US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, in turn, is quoted as saying the president has the mental capacity of a "fifth or sixth grader", while Chief of Staff John Kelly is quoted as calling Mr Trump "an idiot". We're in Crazytown. I don't even know why any of us are here. "These quotes were made up".

Trump has authored many books, including the best-selling auto-biography "The Art of the Deal" in 1987. Likewise other stories and quotes.

There were days or weeks when the operation worked, Woodward writes.

"Thank God the tweet did not go out", said Woodward, who described it as another example of Trump's "back-of-the-envelope policymaking" that eventually led to Kelly sending out a memo affirming these "fly-by-night" decisions would no longer be considered final, instead requiring formal documents signed by the president.

Woodward was born in IL in 1943 and attended Yale University before serving in the US Navy until 1970. Bradlee was at the Washington Post during the Watergate saga. The journalists followed the thread, which was ultimately connected all the way to the top, with Nixon covering up the crime. It seems as though Woodward shouldn't experience that anymore, considering the political history that he's lived through and reported on. However the President resigned on August 9, 1974.

"Pakistan isn't helping us". This apparent denial actually bolsters the credibility of all the passages regarding Porter, because he does not declare that the book is actually "false" in its claims about him.

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