Trump Associates Push Back on Woodward Book

Then-White House Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and then White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter are

Donald Trump describes Bob Woodward expose as a 'joke' and threatens to write 'real book' about presidency

The White House said today that they're not making a determination of what crime may have been committed when asking the Justice Department to investigate who wrote the mysterious op-ed criticizing the Trump administration from within.

Woodward said the book reveals shocking details about the inner-workings of Donald Trump's administration, but the most shocking parts are centered around the president's willingness to break with long-standing policy traditions.

"We should just go borrow a lot of money, hold it, and then sell it to make money", Trump reportedly said in response.

Woodward has said he stands by the reporting in his book, which offers a harrowing portrayal of Trump's tenure, with aides seeking to curb his worst impulses, and Trump denigrating some of those who work around him, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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"Cohn cited no specific objections to Woodward's extensive reporting of his private views that Trump needed to be saved from his most unsafe impulses", Axios reports.

One of the more illuminating passages in Fear, Bob Woodward's new book on the Trump White House, centers on former economic adviser Gary Cohn and his apparently fruitless attempts to educate Donald Trump on the changing nature of the US economy and the impact of technologies like self-driving vehicles. "You have millions and millions of Americans who voted for this".

In other tweets Monday morning, Trump claimed that the White House, which has experienced significant staff turnover and other tumult, is a "smooth running machine" and touted economic figures under his leadership.

But then comes the very end of the book, which Colbert told Woodward he would read for the audience, "because I don't have the credibility you do".

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Cohn on Tuesday pushed back on the Woodward book. Last night's episode wasn't the first time The Late Show with Stephen Colbert covered it, but it was the first night that Woodward actually stopped by to talk about Fear.

Having now read Bob Woodward's Fear, I am struck by the selective and often misleading portrait it paints of the President and his administration.

That claim aside, people inside the West Wing say the identity of the writer remains a topic of heated discussion as reports emerged that a list of possible authors had been drawn up. Trump has referred to Woodward as a "liar". "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.

"You don't get to do it that way", Cohn said, according to Woodward. We need to know what's going on'.

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