Watergate's Woodward says 'Times' Trump op-ed not up to his standards

"I've never seen an instance when the President is so detached from the reality of what's going on", Woodward told NBC's Savannah Guthrie in a Monday interview, adding: "This has not been treated seriously enough".

Woodward discussed his new book "Fear: Trump in the White House", and said Trump is fixated on the fact that the United States spends $US3.5 billion a year to station troops in South Korea in order to maintain military presence on the peninsula.

President Trump ratcheted up his criticism of veteran reporter and author Bob Woodward, calling his new book a "joke". "Some of the things Trump did and does jeopardize the real national security". This country does some things in the intelligence world which are so important to protect the country they are astonishing.

During the parade, line upon line of goose-stepping soldiers and columns of tanks shook the ground before giving way to chanting crowds waving flags and flowers as they passed a review stand where the North Korean leader sat with a special envoy from China, as well as other visiting foreigners.

In another part of the book, Mattis allegedly said that Trump had the understanding of a "fifth- or sixth-grader" of the situation on the Korean peninsula.

Some pundits had speculated that Pence could be the "senior administration official" who wrote the opinion piece because it included language Pence has been known to use, like the unusual word "lodestar". Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction.

"The people are not anonymous to me", he says of his sources. "A central theme of the book is the stealthy machinations used by those in Trump's inner sanctum to try to control his impulses and prevent disasters, both for the president personally and for the nation he was elected to lead", wrote Philip Rucker and Bob Costa of The Post.


The CBS News interview concluded with Woodward issuing a warning to the public about the chaos he witnessed and documented in the Trump White House: "People better wake up to what's going on".

In other tweets Monday morning, Trump claimed that the White House, which has experienced significant staff turnover and other tumult, is a "smooth running machine" and touted economic figures under his leadership.

More recently, Trump has accused Woodward of fabricating quotes and questioned whether US libel laws could be changed so that people who believe they have been wronged would be in a better position to seek "retribution". "I would say 'Okay, name me who was there".

Among Trump's anti-Fear tweets today, the president quoted a Washington Examiner writer who cautioned, "You can not take this book too seriously".

"Too vague and does not meet the standards of trying to describe specific incidents". "We have a President who is not capable of doing the job, who clearly has these temper tantrums, doesn't know enough to be making numerous decisions he makes".

Trump has said the Justice Department should investigate and unmask the anonymous author.

The reduced display compared to past years earned a thank you note from Trump, who hailed it as a "big and very positive statement from North Korea".


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