Trump Attacks Woodward 'Fiction': 'I'll Write the Real Book'

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"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.

At a National Security Council meeting on January 19, the president "disregarded the significance of the massive USA military presence on the Korean Peninsula, including a special intelligence operation that allowed the United States to detect a North Korean missile launch in seven seconds vs. 15 minutes from Alaska", The Post reported. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called on the "coward" who wrote the piece to "do the right thing and resign". The book - "Fear: Trump in the White House" - officially hits the shelves on Tuesday. We also learned that Gary Cohn, one of President Trump's advisors, lifted a letter off Trump's desk so that the president wouldn't act on his worrisome threat to scuttle a trade deal with South Korea. In it he depicts an executive branch experiencing a "nervous breakdown". But coming from a high-ranking member of Trump's administration, the op-ed is all the more damning.

Woodward in the book recounts how Defense Secretary James Mattis had to explain to Trump why the United States pays $3.5 billion a year to station 28,000 troops in South Korea. "A wounded lion is a very unsafe animal, and I think Donald Trump is wounded".

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"Again and again, Woodward recounts at length how Trump's national security team was shaken by his lack of curiosity and knowledge about world affairs and his contempt for the mainstream perspectives of military and intelligence leaders", The Post said. On top of all this, the author proudly and bizarrely tried to reassure Americans that they shouldn't be concerned about this because "there are adults in the room" - namely his own staff - who are steadily undermining Trump. "We fully recognize what is happening". According to the still unknown official, those around Trump have given up trying to change him but instead are seeking to prevent him from doing even greater damage.

From former White House lawyer John Dowd, we learned - or rather had confirmed - that Trump is incapable of getting through a single blustery sentence without uttering some spectacular falsehood, making him a prime candidate for perjury in any potential sit-down with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Whatever the flaws of Mr Trump's predecessors, they all tried to the best of their ability to do what they believed were good things for their country. Cohn and other staffers reportedly anxious that ending the trade agreement could jeopardize a program that is used to detect North Korean missile launches.

The Times' op-ed, while well-intentioned, is more problematic on at least two levels.

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And in a signal that he plans to be an aggressive counter-puncher in advance of the November midterm elections, he jabbed his liberal opponents - suggesting Woodward is among them.

Hotly debated on Twitter was the author's use of the word "lodestar", which pops up frequently in speeches by Pence.

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