President Donald Trump blasted "liar" journalist Bob Woodward Monday after the Washington Post associate editor was "caught cold" in an awkward interview with NBC's Savannah Guthrie, who pressed him on his frequent use of anonymous sources criticizing the chief executive. "And the things, some of the things Trump did and does [sic] jeopardize the real national security".
"The people are not anonymous to me", he says of his sources.
At the meeting, Trump reportedly began to complain about "all this money we're spending on U.S. forces overseas", and Mattis had to explain why it was necessary.
How times have changed since the says when Woodward was instead at odds with President Barack Obama's White House. "Woodward would have performed rudimentary journalistic fact checking with those he was quoting, he would have had a more accurate book rather than just being a stenographer for Mr. Bannon's self-aggrandizing revisionist history".
This week, Stephen Colbert, a late night talk show host, asked Woodward how he feels when Trump says he's lying. While he said the book contained "inaccuracies", as Axios reports, he wasn't specific about what the book supposedly got wrong. Back then, Trump said Woodward was "great" and a "must read". Woodward's book, deploying several other top aides-including Chief of Staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis-to dispute their characterizations.
But, the president is no stranger to women accusing him of misdeeds. At least 19 women have publicly accused Trump of kissing them, touching them inappropriately or having an affair with him while he was married. "About the third visit, they come down with three boxes of documents", he said, pointing out that he has time to dive deep into a story while daily reporters don't necessarily have the same luxury.
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If he made a comment, I would try to catch it and return it in a way that felt a little safer than the way he threw it at me. She told Sky News she was expecting that this would be a follow-up meeting to close the deal. "I thought I could handle it".
"These are people who are trying to survive and keep their job".
Though the media has breathlessly praised Woodward's new book, there are credibility issues with the journalist at hand.
He gives one example of a National Security Council meeting that happened about a year after Trump took the White House.
"No, and you knock", Woodward said. "People closest to him do not trust him", he added, "And the impulse-driven presidency is something that the more people know, the more they realize we're at risk". Woodward claimed to have snuck into Casey's hospital room and done the interview.
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". Dems can't stand losing.