Trump dismisses Woodward book as a ‘joke’

Trump dismisses Woodward book as a ‘joke’

By 10:50 am ET, Trump had tweeted or re-tweeted 15 times today, including a definitely not-canon Charlie Brown cartoon panel. "But now our ranks are growing and it's about damn time".

Pence and the President's counselor, Kellyanne Conway, tried to put the spotlight on the motives of the anonymous official, warning that there could be "criminal" dimensions to the op-ed, boosting Trump's calls for a Justice Department investigation. According to the still unknown official, those around Trump have given up trying to change him but instead are seeking to prevent him from doing even greater damage. Asked whether he has tape recordings of most of the interviews, Woodward said yes. "It gives a date, it gives a time, who participates, most often the president himself and what he says".

The op-ed describes President Trump as "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective" in the way he manages the government.

But the members of the Trump White House team are damaged by voluntarily working in Crazytown and many will have talked to Mr Woodward for reasons of self-preservation.

Stephens, a regular critic of the president, said that he doesn't think that the passages in the book, which hits shelves on Tuesday, will sway Trump's base, but he said he thinks it could convince voters who were unsure about voting for Trump or his 2016 Democratic presidential opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSan Juan mayor endorses Cynthia Nixon in NY gov race Hillary Clinton thanks Ralph Lauren at 50th anniversary show Trump tax law takes center stage in Nevada Senate race MORE.

The president then retweeted himself. "But there is no such agenda to be imperiled". For that to happen, two-thirds of Congress must vote to remove him.


What's more, Fleischer argued, the piece won't be seen by most voters outside the Beltway as a pivotal moment in Trump's presidency, or do much to change the public's perception of him. "I'll write the real book!"

Trump supporters seized on the article as proof of the existence of a "deep state" opposition to the president within his administration.

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.

Trump wrote Wednesday on Twitter, after criticizing the paper during an appearance at the White House.

Woodward's book contains scenes of cabinet members and advisers actively blocking Trump's policy priorities, including trade and the alliance with South Korea and a proposed assassination of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called on the "coward" who wrote the piece to "do the right thing and resign".

In an online introduction, the Times says the author's "identity is known to us" and the person's 'job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. Trump reportedly failed the faux showdown miserably. "He's shown an extraordinary capacity to take the hit and take the hit and take the hit, and he doesn't lose his base".

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