Trump dismisses Woodward book as 'joke'

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Now, at age 75, Woodward is pursuing another embattled president, this one leading a tumultuous administration and awaiting the judgment of a special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

It's the work that brought down a presidency and launched a thousand reporting careers.

The Late Show is an hour-long show, and 20 of those minutes went to Woodward and Colbert talking about the book, its contents, and even a few historical references.

Asked later whether the White House would list all the things in Woodward's book that are wrong, Sanders said such an exercise "would be a complete and utter waste of our time, so no".

During my time in the White House, I sought to serve the President's best interests and to help enable his many successes-successes that Mr. I think that's a much broader conspiracy than people think. That's what he found himself doing again.

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

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Having now read Bob Woodward's Fear, I am struck by the selective and often misleading portrait it paints of the President and his administration. Cohn's and Porter's denials seem geared toward tamping down tensions with the White House without totally discounting Woodward's reporting. Multiple sources, but nearly every one of them has come out and discredited the claims made by Woodward.

But Woodward writes that Pence's default mode is to not do anything that would prompt Trump to tweet about him or call him an idiot.

But he told NBC that until Trump he had "never seen an instance when the president is so detached from the reality of what's going on".

As Staff Secretary, I was responsible for managing the flow of documents to and from the Oval Office and ensuring that anything the President was asked to sign had been properly vetted.

Woodward insisted he doesn't take a side in that debate.

"You say, I've got all this information, and I want to get your perspective on it".

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Trump also derided his predecessor's return to politics. He noted that during Watergate it was Congress that launched the Senate Watergate Committee and moved toward adopting articles of impeachment against Nixon, prompting him to resign.

Woodward said that in the Central Intelligence Agency, agents are taught to "let the silence suck out the truth".

In recent days, Trump has accused Woodward of making up quotes and mused about changing USA libel laws in an effort to better position himself to seek "retribution". Even approaching the debt ceiling can be harmful to the stock market and USA economic growth.

There apparently is a robust market for the book. Business Insider obtained a copy of the book, which is being published by Simon & Schuster and is set to be released Tuesday.

Woodward's former reporting partner Carl Bernstein has said Bernstein's reporting is airtight and can be substantiated by "hundreds" of audio tapes.

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