Woodward's White House book a 'scam'

Frederick Owens
September 10, 2018

Several members of President Donald Trump's administration have denied writing an anonymous New York Times op-ed that criticizes Trump, as people speculate over who could be behind the article.

Woodward in his book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", said that administration officials fearing Trump's impulsive nature have even taken to stealing documents from his desk to avert a full-blown crisis.

"I don't see how we can do it", said Giuliani, who has repeatedly expressed concern about the risk of Trump committing perjury.

"I'd do it under certain circumstances", Trump told reporters on board Air Force One.

The opinion piece in The New York Times is similar to parts of a new book about Trump by reporter Bob Woodward.

"People who work for him are anxious - that he will sign things or give orders that threaten the national security or financial security of the country or of the world", Woodward told 'CBS Sunday Morning'.

The Times and The Washington Post, which published selected passages of Woodward's book, launched the left's one-two punch, no doubt in an effort to detract from all the upbeat economic and geopolitical news and, more importantly, to somehow derail the confirmation of Trump pick Brett Kavanaugh as the ninth justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Woodward has covered nine presidencies and written 19 books.

While Woodward's is not the first unflattering investigation into Trump's White House, it carries particular weight coming from the man who together with Carl Bernstein authored the Watergate expose that brought down former President Richard Nixon.

The depiction of Trump's White House offered by Woodward is off-base, Pence said.

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Trump is still "obsessed" with finding the person, though he is being counselled by White House chief of staff John Kelly to let it pass, to avoid bringing more attention to the claims in the op-ed.

"Wait a minute. So the country is safer and more prosperous under Trump?"

Woodward said that his reporting on this White House took him "in the belly of the beast".

Pence said he did not know who wrote the Times column but that he was "100 percent confident that no one on the vice president's staff was involved in this anonymous editorial".

Trump, appearing at an unrelated event Wednesday at the White House, lashed out at the Times for publishing the op-ed.

First lady Melania Trump also weighed in, praising the free press as "important to our democracy" before attacking the writer, saying "you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions".

Whether the New York Times should have published an anonymous op-ed is an interesting question.

A former Central Intelligence Agency director, John Brennan, who has been strongly critical of Mr Trump, called the article "active insubordination" although he said it was "born out of loyalty to the country".

The piece says administration officials have discussed the possible use of the 25th Amendment.

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