WH Defends Trump's Call For Probe Into NYT For Anonymous Op-Ed

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"Fear: Trump in the White House" hits United States bookstores on Tuesday after a weeklong buildup, with published excerpts, leaks and interviews that portray Trump as dangerously erratic and uninformed.

The 75-year-old Woodward said that at a National Security Council meeting a year into Trump's presidency, when he was complaining about the cost of posting thousands of USA troops in foreign countries, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis had to explain the rationale to him.

"Most significant, however, were the private reactions from House Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell".

"They are not telling the truth", Woodward said.

Spokespeople for Ryan and McConnell both declined to comment to Business Insider about the reporting.

The resulting work - Published by Simon and Schuster, a division of CBS - exposes turmoil within the administration, with current and former White House aides referring to President Trump as an "idiot" and a "liar".

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On Woodward's book, which will be released on Tuesday, Sanders reiterated the that numerous sources quoted in the book have denied what the Washington Post journalist reported and called Woodward's book "careless" and "reckless".

On the eve of its release, the president took to Twitter with a preemptive round of attacks, denouncing as fiction Woodward's reconstruction of scenes in which frustrated aides scramble to contain the mercurial president's reckless impulses.

Asked by NBC why readers should trust his account using anonymous sources, Woodward said, "The incidents are not anonymous".

Bob Woodward said White House chief of staff John Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis are "not telling the truth" after they denied quotes attributed to them in the veteran journalist's new book, "Fear". 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.

"Some of the things Trump did, and does, jeopardize the real national security", Woodward said.

Mattis issued a statement, tweeted at least twice by Trump, saying, "The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence".

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Woodward gained journalistic fame almost five decades ago as one of the Postreporters whose investigative stories about White House corruption helped drive President Richard Nixon from office and now has written books about eight US presidents.

The source, while citing demeaning views of Trump from other unnamed senior officials, declined to say how many officials had actually taken this vow of resistance, or when and how they had taken this vow.

"These are political statements to protect their jobs - totally understandable", Woodward said. Dems can't stand losing.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Woodward staunchly defended the integrity of his reporting and said the book, which comes out this week, "is as carefully done as you can do an excavation of the reality of what goes on".

Woodward's book is based on "deep background" interviews, which he defines in his book as interviews where "all the information could be used but I would not say who provided it".

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