Weeks after Trump considered sending that tweet, Woodward writes, the president asked the National Security Council: "What do we get by maintaining a massive military presence in the Korean peninsula?" Woodward made this revelation in an interview on The New York Times' "The Daily" podcast. Trump asked, according to Woodward.
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". "Woodward would have performed rudimentary journalistic fact checking with those he was quoting, he would have had a more accurate book rather than just being a stenographer for Mr. Bannon's self-aggrandizing revisionist history".
"It happens frequently", Woodward said. "You have the exact type of coup right now", he said in reference to the Union Army commander who Lincoln fired because he did not follow orders. "I am proud of my service in the Trump administration, and I continue to support the president and his economic agenda", Cohn said in a statement provided to Axios.
In a series of Tweets Monday, the president continued to lash out at Woodward personally and his book's portrayal of Trump as a foul-mouthed and bumbling egotist.
When Reince Priebus, the then chief of staff, said the Camp David meet was "not in the cards", Mr. McMaster is said to have flown into a rage.
He added: "'These are political statements to protect their jobs, totally understandable".
But Woodward insisted his book was accurate and said he carefully vetted each description included in the book.
This photo, taken June 11, 2012, shows former Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward speaking during an event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Watergate in Washington. The book describes the inner workings of the White House and describes it as a chaotic place filled with staffers overwhelmed by infighting and animosity.
"We have reprinted six times for a total of seven to meet extraordinary demand - that will put one million books in print before we've even gone on sale", a Simon & Schuster spokesperson said to CNN "Reliable Sources" host Brian Stelter. Dems can't stand losing.
"Trump pivoted", Woodward writes. Woodward claimed to have snuck into Casey's hospital room and done the interview.
The White House has also dismissed the book, calling Woodward's reporting "nothing more than fabricated stories".
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