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

The book's release on Tuesday will follow an anonymous op-ed published last week in the New York Times describing senior administration officials' attempts to thwart the president in a "resistance" movement to protect the nation, dealing Trump a one-two punch in what is perhaps the toughest stretch of his presidency.

We also learned that Gary Cohn, one of President Trump's advisors, lifted a letter off Trump's desk so that the president wouldn't act on his worrisome threat to scuttle a trade deal with South Korea.

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"I talked to dozens and dozens of people, and have notes and documentation on lots of things", Woodward told CBS News' David Martin on Sunday Morning.

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.

"If it turns out this guy is not even actually that senior, the New York Times said they had to do background checking into him, they used a senior official very loosely in their reporting", she said.

"The people are not anonymous to me", he says of his sources. Speculation will be rife in the days ahead, and finger-pointing will nearly certainly escalate, but unless Ivanka- or anyone else with a bone to pick- has real information about the identity of the writer, accusations like hers will only foment distrust, deepen division and help instigate the internal war that will slowly bring the Trump administration to its knees.

At one point, Trump drafted a tweet saying the United States planned to "pull our dependents from South Korea - family members of the 28,000 people there", Woodward told CBS.

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He called for an early resolution of the issue of Kashmir, which has been the cause of two of their three wars with India. The State Department says however that it stands by its readout of the call.


White House chief of staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis have issued denials about quotes attributed to them in the book.

Trump also attacked the book as "a Joke ― just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults". And, quite frankly, if there was a person in the White House or in the administration who wanted to tell me what's in that op-ed piece I would say 'OK, name me who was there.

Later on during the interview, Woodward put Guthrie on the spot, when she questioned him about specific portions of his book. Democrats can't stand losing.

He said that he has "never seen instance where the president is so detached from the reality of what is going on".

Although, the commander-in-chief, the White House and several top Trump administration officials have denounced the book as "fiction" and "fabrication", it doesn't take away from the fact that the incidents reported in the book echo shocking similarities to other books written about the Trump administration.

The book also quotes Mattis, after a contentious National Security Council meeting on January 19, as saying Trump acted like and had the understanding of "a fifth or sixth-grader". "It gives a date, it gives a time, who participates, most often the president himself and what he says".

"And he said: "'It is mostly anonymous sources in here, why should anyone trust you?

  • Sonia Alvarado