Booming sales for Woodward’s ‘Fear,’ Trump presidency book

Danny Woods
September 14, 2018

Woodward's book, titled Fear: Trump in the White House, has been highly anticipated ahead of its Tuesday release.

Woodward, who does not name his sources but apparently had extensive access to many White House insiders, describes some of Trump's top aides and cabinet members as having deep disdain for him.

"The Secretary of Defence, Mattis, early this year in a national security council meeting, when Trump kept asking about 'why are we paying all this money for forward deployed troops, 28,000 in South Korea, all of the troops in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation?"

Sanders wouldn't rule out a lawsuit against Woodward on Monday, though Trump has long threatened legal action against his detractors that never materializes.

In particular, he highlighted an instance in which Trump complained to Defense Secretary James Mattis and other staff at an NSC meeting about the expense of USA forces overseas. Many senior aides have also scrambled to deny they made the comments, claiming they weren't quoted accurately by the investigative reporter. Woodward said the president's staff tried to explain that this is a defensive measure.

"Well, I am the one doing - asking the questions", Guthrie said. "It's very important whether this is somebody who witnessed and participated", Woodward said.

Bob Woodward sounded an alarm in his first TV interview to promote "Fear", his explosive book about Donald Trump's presidency.

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Mattis and Kelly have both denied the quotes attributed to them, while Trump accused Woodward of lying and fabricating his quotes. "'I'm not making a deal on anything until we get minerals.' And the U.S. 'must stop payments to Pakistan until they cooperate'".

"These are political statements to protect their jobs", Woodward told NBC's the "Today" show Monday.

Bob Woodward's "Fear" is spreading quickly. And Cohn told Axios that the "book does not accurately portray my experience at the White House".

"The Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources". Dems can't stand losing. "Even more than that, what do we get from protecting Taiwan, say?"

Mattis called the book "the product of someone's rich imagination". Trump himself has shown little willingness to let Woodward's claims go by the wayside, tweeting the famed Watergate journalist "is a liar who is like a Dem operative prior to the midterms".

"If that person had come to me while I was working on this book or if it were someone I interviewed I would say, 'I need specifics.' The building blocks of journalism, of truth, are specific incidents".

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