Bob Woodward: 'Great Washington Denial Machine' Driven By Politics, Not Truth

Emmett Rice
September 12, 2018

The book's premise was further bolstered last week by an op-ed in The New York Times in which an anonymous senior official described secret "resistance" members around the "impetuous" and "petty" President who are "working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations".

Among the revelations in the book: Cohn once removed a document from the president's desk that would have ended a trade deal with South Korea. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders assured reporters Monday that the president is not now considering using lie detectors to figure out which senior administrative official wrote the anonymous op-ed, The Washington Examiner reported.

In the book, Woodward claims Defense Secretary James Mattis once said Trump has the understanding of "a fifth- or sixth-grader" and that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly called Trump an "idiot".

"This book does not accurately portray my experience at the White House", Cohn said in a statement he sent to the political news site Axios.

In an episode of the Times podcast "The Daily," Woodward said a key official had phoned him to say the book was "1,000% correct", only to make public statements to the contrary.

"I mean, we've seen that happen with everything", he said.

"Things are more hidden", Woodward said.

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And then there's the statement from Rob Porter, the former White House staffer who was sacked after his ex-wives came forward with serious abuse allegations. "But someone actively trying to undermine the duly elected president and the entire executive branch of government, that seems quite problematic to me and something they should take a look at", she said.

Trump, who was the president-elect at the time and had promised to wipe out USA debt in eight years, reportedly offered a solution: "Just run the presses - print money".

"I think there are people in there that he can trust, it's just - it's a much smaller group than I would like it to be", the president's eldest son said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America".

Before Trump got to the Oval Office, he sent out those infamous tweets announcing the transgender military ban.

Asked whether he thinks any laws were broken, Trump Jr. said: "Listen, I think you're subverting the will of the people". Democrats can't stand losing. "I'll write the real book!" "Say whatever you need and want to say, and continue to serve your country", was the gist of Pence's message, according to Woodward.

"I'm not, because I know what I did, and I'm not anxious about it", Trump Jr. said.

In early 2018, Trump sent several belligerent tweets that seemed created to taunt North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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