Eric Trump Accuses Woodward of Trying to 'Make Three Extra Shekels'

Danny Woods
September 17, 2018

President Trump's son Eric accused Bob Woodward on Wednesday of writing a sensational book to "make three extra shekels" - prompting the Watergate journalist to say "talk like that... it sets us back". As with "Fire and Fury" and other anti-Trump books, the president has condemned "Misfortune" as unfounded.

When Hewitt asked Woodward if he would release the tapes if someone on them asked him to, without hesitation his response was, "Yes, I think I would".

In Fear, Woodward describes an administrative coup d'etat, alleging that senior administration officials are conspiring against the POTUS, snatching papers from his desk, directing US policy, effectively guiding the allegedly anarchic Trump administration from the shadows.

And it wasn't only people on the left, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro called it "garbage", and the New York Post's op-ed editor Seth Mandel called it "crap". Publisher Simon & Schuster announced that 1 million copies will be printed, though even Amazon, the nation's biggest book retailer, couldn't keep up with demand.

Barnes & Noble, meanwhile, said "Fear" has had the "fastest sales for an adult title" since July 2015.

Cairo has not commented yet on the report, while Trump has lashed out at the recently released book, describing it as "fiction".

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Woodward's book is portrayed by critics as a sobering glimpse into a West Wing submerged in a swamp of self-inflected controversy, where senior aides - when not attempted to essentially slit each others' throats - express significant doubt in the decision-making faculties of their boss, the United States commander in chief, Donald Trump.

However, the news reported by America's Last Line of Defense is fake. Some former White House officials who spoke with Woodward have tried to distance themselves from the book.

"Eric Trump said this morning that Bob Woodward made "three extra shekels at the behest of the American people" with his book".

"When somebody looks at this in 20, or 30, or 40 years, boxes of recordings and documents, they will see that this was very carefully done", Woodward said.

Woodward joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his reporting.

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