But neither Cohn nor Porter said specifically what was inaccurate, and neither denied speaking to Woodward.
Trump continues to insist privately that he wants leakers punished - in particular, the author of an unsigned New York Times opinion piece. "... I think you need to measure a presidency by what actually is done on the issues that affect people". According to Woodward, Trump made this comment during a Situation Room meeting in the White House on July 19 previous year, almost three weeks after he had a very successful meeting with Modi at the White House on June 26. Trump raised the specter of launching a criminal investigation into the matter last week, suggesting the Justice Department look into who wrote the unnamed editorial.
Mr. Modi's June 2017 visit was preceded by two high-profile heads of state whom Mr. Trump had hosted after taking over as President in January.
Woodward said Kelly was similarly distraught when Trump drafted a tweet threatening to remove all US military personnel from South Korea. According to Woodward's book, Trump thinks little of the decades-long alliance.
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Woodward's said he won't name the official but was happy with his public statement. When I asked an executive of a USA think tank what would happen if Trump won, he not only rejected that possibility but also pledged to move to Istanbul if he were wrong. He said his book "is as carefully done as you can do an excavation of the reality of what goes on".
Trump Jr. said it's possible prosecutors could "try to create something" incriminating. Mattis then allegedly turned to an aide and said he would ignore Trump's demand. Still, we all share in the outcome of living in Trump's America. Such gaps in explanation point to the author's political agenda, which the media has seriously misrepresented as being anti-Trump. On Monday, it was ranked as the top-selling book on Amazon.
While he does not name his sources, Woodward says he spoke with many people now or formerly working for Trump as he researched the book, discussing not just the president's personality but also major policy debates regarding North Korea and Afghanistan. "It gives a date, it gives a time, who participates, most often the president himself and what he says", Woodward said. Dems can't stand losing.
Kelly is quoted calling Trump "an idiot", and Mattis is quoted saying Trump has the understanding of "a fifth or sixth-grader", but they've said they didn't make those statements.