Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Key quotes from Woodward book, NYT op-ed assailing Trump

Key quotes from Woodward book, NYT op-ed assailing Trump

Trump also tweeted "TREASON?"

"The dilemma - which [the president] does not fully grasp - is that numerous senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations", wrote the official.

In the first TV interview since his latest book began sending shock waves through Washington, author Bob Woodward defended himself against President Trump's claims that "Fear" is a work of "fiction".

"We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous", the writer said.

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"What's unfair, I don't mind when they write a book and they make lies because it gets discredited", he told Pete Hegseth, adding that it's challenging "when somebody writes and you can't discredit because you have no idea who they are". 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.

The Times published an op-ed by someone only identified as a "senior official in the Trump administration" Wednesday, who said he or she and others were working to check Trump's worst impulses.

Almost every Cabinet member issued a statement or told reporters that they didn't pen the op-ed.

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Woodward called it "not true" that he spoke to people with an ax to grind against the president.

"The speculation about who replaces Mattis is now more real than ever", a senior White House official was quoted as saying in the report.

He said if the papers were out of sight, they were out of Trump's mind.

"People who work for him are anxious that he will sign things or give orders that threaten the national security or the financial security of the country, or of the world", he continued.

The assertions in the op-ed piece were largely in line with complaints about Trump's behavior that had repeatedly been raised by various administration officials, often speaking on condition of anonymity. If it should be determined that this anonymous author had access to classified information while serving the president, he/she must be tried and imprisoned for their crime.

As the plot thickened in an already over-the-top administration, Trump allies and political insiders joined the mad scramble to unmask the writer.

Woodward on Sunday brushed off Trump's attacks. The President believes the rapid response to the book has been handled poorly and he blames Shine for that.

Trump on Twitter quoted a Fox News description of the event without long-range nuclear missiles as a sign of North Korea's "commitment to denuclearize".

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