Bob Woodward opens up to Dana Perino in exclusive Fox News interview

Joann Johnston
September 13, 2018

Mr Woodward told the BBC: "People in the White House they told me, to a certain extent, they spend a third of their time stopping things that are risky or not really consistent with a policy to protect the United States and the national security".

US President Donald Trump has described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a friend, who told him that the US did not get anything out of Afghanistan, according to a new book written by senior journalist Bob Woodward.

In an attempt to find the source of the leak, members of the Trump administration urged The New York Times to reveal the identity of the anonymous contributor. "It's 1,000 percent correct, '" said Woodward.

"The bond between the United States and Canada - it's astonishing". The U.S. has it, we put it in South Korea so we can shoot down North Korean missiles if that, God help us may it not happen.

"He just absolutely is convinced that somehow if people buy, say, high-speed electronic equipment from overseas, from Asia or Europe or Canada, that somehow that money is gone".

President Trump invites robust discussion and asks probing questions.

Other details concern Trump's "lack of curiosity and knowledge" about global affairs.

Trump was convinced not to send out the tweet in part after Secretary of Defence James Mattis told him those personnel are there "in order to prevent World War III", according to the book.

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Porter said it was his job to manage the flow of documents to the president and ensure they had been "properly vetted".

A month before Woodward's book on the inner workings of Trump's White House came out, the two had a one-on-one phone call.

"Gee, I would've liked to have talked to you", he said the president told him.

"And that's how you end the book", Colbert said.

And Woodward, the victor of two Pulitzer prizes, said, "I'm not". Look at your administration and [yourself], because we are at a pivot point in history. When I asked an executive of a US think tank what would happen if Trump won, he not only rejected that possibility but also pledged to move to Istanbul if he were wrong.

Listen, everyone knows that the best parts of the book now making the rounds are the parts about Gary Cohn living every day in mortal fear that he had to save America in his own, stealing papers from the oval office, accidentally cucking Steve Mnuchin in Trump Tower and explaining the kindergarten basics of monetary policy to the commander-in-chief.

But can he say whether his current work will play a similar role in Trump's political future?

On Monday, Stephen Colbert interviewed the author that he's deemed "the master of horror": not Stephen King, but the legendary investigative reporter Bob Woodward.

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