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As Trump fumes over leaks, Woodward pushes back on criticism

As Trump fumes over leaks, Woodward pushes back on criticism”

A cabal of senior officials in President Donald Trump's administration is working to "frustrate" parts of his agenda, according to a current senior official.

Now an associate editor at the Washington Post, Woodward is still best known for the fact that beginning in 1972 he and fellow journalist Carl Bernstein published a series of articles revealing salient details about the Watergate scandal and President Richard Nixon's role therein.

Woodward has defended his portrayal of Donald Trump as an unfit president whose aides intervened to prevent catastrophic decisions, as he kicked off appearances to promote his bombshell new book.

Other administration officials have issued even more scathing statements and some denials about Woodward's book, although Woodward said denials by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and chief of staff John Kelly are untrue.

"It was clear that Trump did not understand the way the United States government debt cycle balance sheet worked", Woodward wrote.

Woodward replied that these "political statements", denying the quotes in the book, were designed "to protect their jobs".

(Bannon) "I don't think there's any one author".

While Trump was correct that many private businesses issue debt at a time of low interest rates, Cohn was "astounded at Trump's lack of basic understanding" about what the government borrowing would mean, Woodward wrote. "And the U.S. "must stop payments to Pakistan until they cooperate", President Trump said.

"The Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources", Trump said in a posting on Twitter Monday morning.

Moreover, the book left the White House in chaos which has reportedly made the president very displeased.

What is most troubling, however, is Woodward's praise and obvious admiration for those who undermine a duly elected president by doing things like sneaking documents off his desk, by hiding stuff from him.

As part Trump's efforts to discredit Woodward on Monday, he wrote another tweet in which he quoted Washington Examiner reporter Katelyn Caralle as saying, "You can not take this book too seriously".

"You say, I've got all this information, and I want to get your perspective on it". Both Mattis and Chief of Staff John Kelly have denied making any disparaging comments about the president.

Woodward, who has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, staunchly defended the integrity of his reporting and said the book "is as carefully done as you can do an excavation of the reality of what goes on". And, yes, they're protecting themselves but, my God, who doesn't try to protect themselves?

I knew that people in office in these sensitive positions were not going to talk on the record.

Woodward insisted he doesn't take a side in that debate.

"They realized that [these documents] would endanger the country", Woodward said.



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