Woodward book goes on sale as ex-Trump aides push back

Joann Johnston
September 12, 2018

"I believe the New York Times made it up".

The White House on Monday sought to project an image of productive forward momentum, even as President Donald Trump and many of his aides remain sidetracked and preoccupied by dual accounts of a warring and mutinous West Wing.

"It's (up to) the Department of Justice to make that determination and we're asking them to look into it", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.

Woodward then steers the conversation to the middle passages, which deal with Trump and his approach to National Security. Trump allegedly asked Christie about transition team funds.

"A third of my job was trying to react to some of the really risky ideas that he had and try to give him reasons to believe that maybe they weren't such good ideas", Porter told an associate, according to the book.

Then White House Director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison Omarosa Manigault, right, walks past President Donald Trump during a meeting on healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, March 13, 2017. Both men are accused in the book of effectively removing things from Trump's desk to prevent him from taking certain actions.

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Times columnist David Leonhardt wrote this weekend about the possible nexus between Trump's business and Russian money laundering involving Deutsche Bank, which has been tied to such illicit money.

Honestly, Colbert's first question, about how on Earth people still think it's a good idea to talk to Woodward, is probably one that a lot of people have.

"We are 55 days before a midterm election, and the White House is completely tanking the local candidates' messages, while Donald Trump goes on the usual partisan jihad", Messina argued. In one meeting, Kelly allegedly described Trump as "an idiot", whom it would be "pointless to try" convince of anything. The New York Times' reviewer wrote: "We knew things were bad".

The denials from the Pentagon followed Woodward's appearance on NBC's Today Show Monday in which he said that Mattis, a retired Marine general, and retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, the White House Chief of Staff, were "not telling the truth" in rejecting how they were quoted in the book. "I don't even know why any of us are here".

On Tuesday, as Woodward's book was publicly released, Porter issued a statement saying that the tome was "selective and often misleading" in how it discusses Trump and his administration. It seems as though Woodward shouldn't experience that anymore, considering the political history that he's lived through and reported on.

Trump, meanwhile, has dismissed the book as a "scam" filled with "made up" quotes.

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