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Woodward: Kelly, Mattis denials of his book quotes untrue

Woodward: Kelly, Mattis denials of his book quotes untrue

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".

Woodward alleges the tweet was never sent because the White House received information from a back-channel communication with North Korea saying the country would take a pullout of dependents as a sign that Trump and the US were planning to attack. He said he had talked to more than 100 people, and that half of them are key sources for the book.

The author quoted White House chief of staff John Kelly as calling Trump an "idiot" and telling a staff meeting in his office, "We're in crazytown", and Mattis as saying that Trump had an understanding of world affairs of something akin to a "fifth or sixth-grader", quotes they both have denied.

Woodward stands by his reporting, telling NPR he attributes the denials to "political necessity". "I think somebody so cowardly and so conceited would probably go a step further".

"Mattis says to him, 'We're doing this to prevent World War III, '" Woodward said.

He wrote that it was "just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources".

"You can, in an nearly microscopic way, establish what occurred - and that's what I've done in this book".

Withdrawing from that trade agreement, known as KORUS, could jeopardize a top-secret intelligence operation that enables the quickly detect any intercontinental ballistic missiles launched from North Korea, according to Woodward.

On CBS' "Face the Nation", Vice President Mike Pence dismissed Woodward's book.

A copy of Bob Woodward's "Fear". "People took actions to protect the country".

Kim recently expressed his "unwavering faith" in Trump, and the USA president on Sunday praised the North Korean for staging a huge military parade in Pyongyang without the customary display of nuclear missiles. Trump tweeted Monday prior to the Woodward interview.

In Fear, Woodward's 19th book, Kelly and Mattis are named as two of several senior current and former Trump administration officials who mock the president's mental capacity and express concerns about his ability to lead.

Trump proposed a tweet warning that the United States was considering pulling family members of US service people from South Korea.

When Bob Woodward says that we are not taking seriously the threat posed by a President "so detached from the reality of what's going on", we should all take note. Woodward told Martin that the column was too vague. Then, on Wednesday, a New York Times op-ed penned by an anonymous senior White House official claimed that a group within the administration is trying to "frustrate" parts of the president's agenda.

In his book, Woodward, who shot to fame more than 40 years ago for his reporting on the Watergate political scandal, portrays Trump as prone to profane outbursts and impulsive decision-making, with top aides anxious the United States is one Trump tweet away from a national or economic security crisis.

"I don't know who it is", Woodward says.