Former White House aide pushes back on book

The New York Times building on Sept. 6 2018

Woodward said the president's staff tried to explain that this is a defensive measure.

The president's frustration grew when, soon after portions of Woodward's book were leaked, the New York Times published an anonymous op-ed by a senior Trump official who wrote of a quiet "resistance" inside the Trump administration, working against some of the president's wishes.

"You've got to deny, deny, deny and push back on these women", he told the person, who was not named, Woodward reported.

President Donald Trump offered up some advice to a friend who admitted "bad behavior" toward women, journalist Bob Woodward reports in his new book. This, during a conversation on Afghanistan, during which Trump also said, according to Woodward, that Modi told him the USA had "gotten nothing out of Afghanistan".

The White House has blasted the book, and Trump on Monday referred to it as a "scam". "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. That allowed him to use the material, but not attribute it to the sources.

Woodward wrote that those who traveled with Trump regularly noticed that the couple shares a honest affection, though Melania operated independently from Trump.

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Woodward also claims in the book that former Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn once removed a document from the president's desk that would have ended a trade deal with South Korea. A new book says Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to have dinner with Donald Trump there last June. "Even more than that, what do we get from protecting Taiwan, say?"

Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward told the BBC's Today Programme that the United States president had questioned security spending over South Korea, Europe and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in a national council security meeting previous year. "Frankly, the White House and the staff here are focused on doing our jobs", she told CNN's Jeff Zeleny.

Pressed on whether Trump can win a credibility battle with the Pulitzer victor who helped expose President Richard Nixon's Watergate-era transgressions, Sanders pointed to "actual, on record" accounts from White House staffers, again pointing to Mattis and Kelly, "not disgruntled former employees".

At a White House press briefing, Sanders slammed the book "Fear", from veteran journalist Bob Woodward, as "careless and reckless". He added, "He and I both know this story is total BS".

Trump has already tweeted his low opinion of the book.

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