Bob Woodward on Trump: 'People better wake up'

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"I asked him whether or not this was true", Trump said as he met with Republican lawmakers.

In the interview with Fox News, the president also declined to say whether he would answer questions from the special counsel in any form.

The author also wrote that the "root of the problem is the President's amorality" and assails Trump's "reckless decisions", "erratic behaviour" and what the official describes as the President's "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective" leadership style.

In what is the biggest secret since Watergate's "Deep Throat", many are questioning who inside the White House wrote the scathing op-ed published by the New York Times.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back against the media frenzy.

Zaid argued that if the author really intends to curb Trump, there was "greater value" in maintaining their position.

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He also says the timing of the op-ed's publication shouldn't be lost and encourages the President to stay focused on the midterm elections.

Listen to the full conversation near the top of this page.

The denials and condemnations came in from far and wide: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis denied authorship on a visit to India; Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke chimed in from American Samoa.

White House officials did not respond to requests to elaborate on Trump's call for the writer to be turned over to the government or on the unsupported national security grounds of his demand.

WASHINGTON - Bob Woodward, the author of a new book describing how top aides to US President Donald Trump have attempted to limit what they saw as his unsafe behavior, said on Sunday he would not have published the anonymous op-ed by an administration official that appeared in the New York Times last week. "Much better than before I took office", Trump tweeted.

If anything, the anonymous sources in Woodward's book, and the author of the op-ed, are seeking to protect the American people and the United States government from a president and top advisors who seek to dismantle it.

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"They realized that [these documents] would endanger the country", Woodward said.

The author wrote that there was a resistance working within the administration to thwart the president's worst impulses.

The White House immediately slammed the piece and called on the person who authored it to resign. What's certain is that as long as Trump is president, chaos will be part of the picture.

"I think we've gotten to a point where we just are completely unable to support the president, no matter who the president is", Paterson told "The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y.

Instead of a coordinated response, the administration and many of its members have issued around 30 separate statements attacking the article's contents and its author, and pledging fealty to the Trump Administration.

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