Woodward defends using unnamed sources in White House book

Woodward defends using unnamed sources in White House book

Woodward defends using unnamed sources in White House book

President Donald Trump is keeping up his end of Fear author Bob Woodward's book promotion campaign, writing at least five tweets this morning that directly reference the book - and a few that seem at least spurred by the upcoming September 11 publication.

"The people are not anonymous to me", he says.

"He drafts a tweet saying 'We are going to pull our dependents from South Korea - family members of the 28,000 people there, '" Woodward told CBS.

'The Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources, ' he wrote on Twitter.

At a National Security Council meeting on January 19, the president "disregarded the significance of the massive USA military presence on the Korean Peninsula, including a special intelligence operation that allowed the United States to detect a North Korean missile launch in seven seconds vs. 15 minutes from Alaska", The Post reported.

Trump called it a "gutless editorial", but his public anger was initially directed more toward The Times than the piece's author, whom he dismissed as someone who's probably "failing" at his job and is in the administration "for all the wrong reasons". According to the book, Mattis compared Trump's understanding of US national security interests in the Korean Peninsula to that of "a fifth- or sixth-grader".

In recent days, Trump has accused Woodward of making up quotes and mused about changing US libel laws in an effort to better position himself to seek "retribution".

U.S. President Donald Trump continued his attacks Wednesday on an explosive book about his administration.

"These people are not anonymous to me", Woodward told NPR.

"The individual behind this piece has chosen to deceive, rather than support, the duly elected President of the United States", the statement said. "It gives a time, who participated". They would criticize the president behind his back and undermine his more radical suggestions, the book claims. Dems can't stand losing.

Typifying the sense that what would once seem absurd now counts for normality in this White House, Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday offered to take a lie detector test to prove he was not the author of the op-ed which assailed Trump for "half baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless" leadership.

"It'll make the White House more paranoid than it has been before", Ponnuru said.

He noted that Ben Bradlee, the legendary Washington Post editor and his old boss, used to say, "The truth emerges".

Do Republican politicians in Congress really believe their own best interests - never mind the best interests of the United States - are served by Mr Trump in the White House?

On NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway admitted: "I didn't bring the request to the president directly".

Fleischer said there are hundreds of people who "think they're "senior" officials".

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