Bob Woodward: Trump Threat ‘Has Not Been Treated Seriously Enough’

Bob Woodward: Trump Threat ‘Has Not Been Treated Seriously Enough’

In the latest book by renowned journalist Bob Woodward, US President Donald Trump has described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as his friend who told him that the US has got nothing out of Afghanistan.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused Woodward of "incredibly reckless" fact checking in writing the book.

More recently, Trump has accused Woodward of fabricating quotes and questioned whether US libel laws could be changed so that people who believe they have been wronged would be in a better position to seek "retribution".

What's going on inside the White House has always been a subject of great fascination to Americans, but the Trump Administration has raised that interest to an unusual level.

Trump spent the weekend complaining about the book as well as the op-ed writer. "We don't take it like others - like China", Trump is quoted as saying in the book, during the July 19 situation room meeting.

The book has caused controversy as it reportedly portrays Trump as chaotic, mercurial and uninformed.

Woodward and Bernstein's reporting led to a Congressional investigation that would have most likely ended with Nixon's impeachment.

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In the new book, Woodward quotes chief of staff John Kelly as calling President Donald Trump an "idiot", while Secretary of Defense James Mattis allegedly said Trump was like "a fifth or sixth grader".

In his first live interview about the book, Woodward said that "some of the things Trump did and does jeopardize the real national security".

President Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to North Dakota on Friday, "I would say Jeff [Sessions] should be investigating who the author of that piece was because I really believe it's national security".

Trump tweeted Monday that he has been subjected to "Phony books, articles and TV "hits" like no other pol has had to endure". He depicts national security aides rattled by the president's contempt for the worldwide infrastructure in security and trade that had been built since World War II. "What do we get from protecting Taiwan, say?"

"I mean, there is a coup, like saying there was a coup by General McClellan and his senior leadership in the Union Army to try to thwart what Abraham Lincoln wanted to do in the civil war".

Woodward told NBC that Mattis and Kelly made "political statements to protect their jobs" when they denied making quotations attributed to them in his book.

The Op-Ed, which said that members of the administration were working to thwart some of the president's impulses, sparked a firestorm in Washington and beyond, with Trump even questioning in a tweet whether treason was committed. The suggestion that materials were "stolen" from the President's desk to prevent his signature misunderstands how the White House document review process works - and has worked for at least the last eight administrations.

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