Woodward book: Rob Porter worked to keep Trump from 'dangerous' ideas

Author and journalist Bob Woodward said Monday on NBC that President Donald Trump is chronically untruthful and detached from the reality of his job

Woodward said he was "deeply surprised" when Trump announced tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and other countries.

"The idea that the Secretary of Defense has to tell the president that all of these actions are created to prevent the ultimate catastrophe", Woodward said.

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. Ghost soldiers - those paid but not serving - are ripping us off. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is a disaster and a waste, he said. "And the things, some of the things Trump did and does [sic] jeopardize the real national security".

Cohn, who served as Trump's economic adviser before leaving over disagreements about trade policy, issued a similarly weak rebuttal to the book. This, during a conversation on Afghanistan, during which Trump also said, according to Woodward, that Modi told him the United States had "gotten nothing out of Afghanistan".

Trump reacted furiously, accusing the writer of treason and demanding a Department of Justice investigation, though most analysts said no crime had been committed.

It was also at this National Security Council meeting that Trump suggested cutting off all security-related aid for Pakistan - almost six months before he actually suspended funding on January 1 - saying Islamabad wasn't helping Washington in the Afghan war.

Colbert, who said he read every page of the book himself, also said he particularly loved the last line, in which Woodward said Trump lawyer John Dowd "knew he could not bring himself to say to the president, 'you're a [expletive] liar".

Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter says that Woodward offers a "selective and often misleading portrait" of the president and his administration.

But according to Woodward, Cohn's message did not seem to connect.

Priebus wouldn't have any of it and said there will be a dinner in the White House.

"The Woodward book is a scam". In fact, all of it was so vivid and great that we couldn't believe how obvious it was that Gary Cohn cooperated with Woodward on such a deep level. Such gaps in explanation point to the author's political agenda, which the media has seriously misrepresented as being anti-Trump.

"I can stop this", Cohn said to Porter, according to the book.

Moreover, the book can hardly be said to be strictly objective. Cohn and Porter reportedly worked "steal" a letter from Trump's desk that would have pulled the US out of its trade deal with South Korea and prevent further copies of the order from reaching him.

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