WH Defends Trump's Call For Probe Into NYT For Anonymous Op-Ed

Anonymous official cites Trump ‘amorality’ in NY Times op-ed

Anonymous official cites Trump ‘amorality’ in NY Times op-ed

Trump also insisted that the White House is a "smooth running machine". Trump, despite occupying the most powerful office in the world, remains fixated on a belief that the legitimacy of his election is being challenged.

In a statement last week, Mattis called the book "fiction" and said that "the contemptuous words about the president attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence".

It's a far more rigorous approach than, say, a recent, infamous "anonymous" New York Times op-ed from one unnamed senior administration official claiming to be "thwarting Mr. Trump's more misguided impulses", the self-satisfied, political equivalent of a "my job here is done" meme when you consider just how numerous president's impulses get out regardless.

"The Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources", Trump said in the first of a series of tweets.

Sanders fired back: "I think we would say that it's about as ridiculous as most of Bob Woodward's book". Dems can't stand losing. "It seems like a very careless and reckless way to write a book".

"They are not telling the truth", Woodward said.

The suggestion that work continues apace inside the administration was belied by Trump himself, who spent much of the morning tweeting angrily about journalist Bob Woodward, whose book detailing dysfunction among Trump aides is released on Tuesday. "I don't talk the way I am quoted".

What is most troubling, however, is Woodward's praise and obvious admiration for those who undermine a duly elected president by doing things like sneaking documents off his desk, by hiding stuff from him. "I wish the people could see the real facts - and our country is doing GREAT!" He added, "He and I both know this story is total BS".

It appeared to be another instance of the president versus the administration, as Trump proceeded on one track while the agencies largely moved on another.

In an interview with CBS News, Woodward said he took cues from his earlier days, investigating President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal, to cultivate sources and learn what was happening inside the Trump White House for his new book titled "Fear".

Trump is quoted in the book brutally insulting members of his own Cabinet, referring to Attorney General Jeff Sessions as "mentally retarded" and former chief of staff Reince Priebus as "a little rat". "It is mostly anonymous sources in here", Trump quoted Guthrie.

For example, he said that the president imposing tariffs goes against what "99.9%" of experts have recommended.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in turn, is quoted as saying the president has the mental capacity of a "fifth or sixth grader", while current chief of staff John Kelly is quoted as calling Trump "an idiot".

"They are not telling the truth", said.

"These are political statements to protect their jobs", Woodward said.

Woodward, who has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, staunchly defended the integrity of his reporting and said the book "is as carefully done as you can do an excavation of the reality of what goes on".

"We're underestimating how serious all of this is", said Woodward.

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