In the bombshell New York Times piece, an anonymous senior Trump official claims to be part of a "resistance" working against President Trump from within the White House. "The incidents are not anonymous, it gives a date, it gives a time, who participates, most often the president himself and what he says". He pointed to another instance described in the book, a meeting of the National Security Council in which Trump questions why the U.S.is funding military defenses in Europe.
The anonymous author wrote in the Times that where Trump has had successes, they have come "despite - not because of - the president's leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective".
"Just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources". And given how norm-busting Trump's presidency is - in terms of his relationships to the media, to his own party, to policy - it's also hard to avoid making mountains out of everything, even those things that might be molehills.
Woodward said he used multiple interviews with key witnesses to write the book, including one subject who was interviewed nine times, resulting in hundreds of pages of their transcribed statements.
Woodward's book is a tragicomic catalogue of life in a White House lorded over by an apparently unmoored president, even as top officials such as former economic adviser Gary Cohn snatched potentially destructive documents off the president's desk so he wouldn't sign them.
In his first live interview about the book, Woodward said that "some of the things Trump did and does jeopardize the real national security". The book - "Fear: Trump in the White House" - officially hits the shelves on Tuesday. The criticism of Trump is on-point and damning, as it should be, as it has no other way to be for a President who surrounded himself with associates many of whom are now felons. Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction.
"The individual behind this piece has chosen to deceive, rather than support, the duly elected President of the United States", the statement said.
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"It'll make the White House more paranoid than it has been before", Ponnuru said.
"Look at the ones we know of: Jeff Sessions - the president has been pushing him very openly to go after the president's enemies and lay off his friends", Flake said. He said Trump has been "on the same wavelength" as congressional Republicans on taxes, regulations and court appointments.
"Many Trump appointees", wrote the author, "have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump's more misguided impulses until he is out of office". The Times said a person at the private event provided the paper with an audio recording of Mulvaney's remarks.