White House says everything is fine, though signs point otherwise

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Bob Woodward has drawn President Donald Trump's ire in recent weeks ahead of the release of the veteran journalist's book about the inner workings of the White House.

"Everybody's trying to get me", the president told Porter, the book says.

According to the book, Trump told his national security aide that USA is losing in Afghanistan. This, during a conversation on Afghanistan, during which Trump also said, according to Woodward, that Modi told him the United States had "gotten nothing out of Afghanistan".

"Let me drill down, because there's a couple things that, I mean - they leap off the page", Guthrie pressed further, pointing to statements attributed to White House chief of staff John Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis. "You go to their house and you knock on their door", he said, explaining his method for cultivating good sources. We don't take it like others - like China", Donald Trump is quoted as saying during the July 19 situation room meeting."The US needed to get some of Afghanistan's valuable minerals in exchange for any support.

"If that individual is in meetings where national security is being discussed, or other important topics, and they are attempting to undermine the executive branch, that would certainly be problematic and something that the Department of Justice should look into", Sanders said in her first briefing since the editorial was published last week.

The book is number 8 on Amazon's Top 20 most sold and most read books of the week and Fear is already the sixth biggest seller of 2018 on Amazon, CNN reported.

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Why should Washington and America have expected anything different in electing a businessman - and a real estate mogul, not a corporate man from a blue chip company - as president?

The White House on Monday called Woodward's work "reckless" and did not rule out the possibility of a lawsuit. "These quotes were made up".

"A third of my job was trying to react to some of the really risky ideas that he had and try to give him reasons to believe that maybe they weren't such good ideas", Porter told an associate, according to the book.

As a candidate, Donald Trump pledged to balance the federal budget and lower the national debt, promises that are proving hard to keep. The Cohn comments are just one of the many revelations from Bob Woodward's book, "Fear".

In response, Pulitzer Prize-winning Mr Woodward, who along with Carl Bernstein exposed the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, said Mr Mattis and Mr Kelly "are not telling the truth" when denying they made the remarks and "these are political statements to protect their jobs".

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