Trump Scolds Reporter for Question About Woodward Book at Hurricane Briefing

Assad regime shells Syria's Idlib

Assad regime shells Syria's Idlib

Woodward goes on to say that he's "never seen an instance when the president is so detached from the reality of what's going on".

It was also at this National Security Council meeting that Trump suggested cutting off all security-related aid for Pakistan - almost six months before he actually suspended funding on January 1 - saying Islamabad wasn't helping Washington in the Afghan war.

"Time and time again people will deny things", Woodward told NPR Morning Edition host Rachel Martin.

When asked if it happened with this book, Woodward refused to answer, saying he wants to focus on Trump's actions.

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In particular, he highlighted an instance in which Trump complained to Defense Secretary James Mattis and other staff at an NSC meeting about the expense of US forces overseas.

Trump officials have rushed to distance themselves from the op-ed and from Woodward's book, both of which depict a White House mired in dysfunction, with aides disparaging the Republican president and working to prevent him from making disastrous decisions.

The book is number 8 on Amazon's Top 20 most sold and most read books of the week and Fear is already the sixth biggest seller of 2018 on Amazon, CNN reported. Woodward said the president's staff tried to explain that this is a defensive measure. "You showed weakness", Trump told the friend, according to Woodward. "We don't take it like others - like China", Trump is quoted as saying in the book, during the July 19 situation room meeting. "And the United States "must stop payments to Pakistan until they cooperate", Trump said. "It's 1,000-percent correct.' And then this person has said some public things that contradict that", Woodward told the Times" Michael S. Schmidt.

Fear is set to be released on September 11, and as of Tuesday morning was already the fifth best-selling book on Amazon for the year, just ahead of former FBI Director James Comey's A Higher Loyalty.

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"The Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources". "This is a war on truth by [Trump]", Woodward claimed. Dems can't stand losing.

The people who work for Trump worry that Trump will give orders that threaten the security of the country or the world, Woodward said.

Mattis called the book "the product of someone's rich imagination".

Woodward, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, said the book is based on first-hand reporting and anonymous White House sources, including some who were extremely reluctant to disclose information, or even speak with him.

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