Gary Cohn Waffles on Bob Woodward Book

A new book describes President Trump as “an emotionally overwrought mercurial and unpredictable leader”

A new book describes President Trump as “an emotionally overwrought mercurial and unpredictable leader”NICHOLAS KAMM AFP GETTY IMAGES

Legendary journalist says a presidency is measured by what actually is done on the issues that affect people.

Porter, who graduated from Brigham Young University and Harvard and was a Rhodes Scholar, plays a key role in the book - he's mentioned more than 200 times - mainly for his work to deflect some of Trump's half-baked plans and coax him toward better policies.

Between excerpts from Bob Woodward's new book, Fear: Trump in the White House, and the New York Times op-ed from an anonymous administration official, people are starting to get a chilling glimpse of what it's really like inside the White House and just how little respect President Donald Trump commands from his staff. The two men did get along famously, though. The Associated Press, a newswire, wrote an entire story on the three hugs Modi gave Trump.

Speaking to reporters in the White House on Tuesday, Trump praised his former aides' supportive statements and again labeled the book "fiction".

After the chemical attack on Syrian civilians in April 2017, which prompted outrage across the world, Mr Trump reportedly said: "Let's f****** kill him!" Bradlee was at the Washington Post during the Watergate saga. It seems as though Woodward shouldn't experience that anymore, considering the political history that he's lived through and reported on.

Woodward tells Colbert how Trump goes "ballistic" at the questions and "makes things up, starts screaming, ' and says how the lawyer, Dowd, thought that if he had been Mueller, he would have been 'fired on the spot".

"It was on his desk, and Gary Cohn, the chief economic adviser in the White House, took it off his desk - stole it", Woodward told CBC.

McMaster was not pleased - and that's putting it mildly: "What the f***?"

"No, and you knock", Woodward said. "Outreach and strong relations were essential".

Just a few lines above, Woodward describes how India "was the counterweight to Pakistan, which was giving the new [US] administration as much trouble as it had given previous ones by hedging maddenly on terrorism". But in the end, President Trump is the one who decides, and he has shown himself more than capable of doing so. Colbert: How will we know what's going on? "Woodward is here, like a state trooper knocking on the door at 3 a.m., to update the sorry details".

Mr Trump said of the book on Twitter: "Isn't it a shame that someone can write an article or book, totally make up stories and form a picture of a person that is literally the exact opposite of the fact, and get away with it without retribution or cost".

Woodward said that in the Central Intelligence Agency, agents are taught to "let the silence suck out the truth".

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