September has not been kind to Donald Trump.
Donald Trump's former attorney in the Russian Federation investigation, John Dowd, told the president of the United States that he could not possibly testify to investigators because he is mentally incapacitated, according to Bob Woodward's new book, Fear. But on NBC's "Today" program Monday, Woodward said that the denials issued by chief of staff John Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis about quotes in his book are not truthful.
When Colbert asked if Woodward ever told sources he was going to write a story without the source's perspective, Woodward said no.
"The Woodward book is a scam", Trump said.
Woodward avoided using the word "lying", saying instead.
In the book, Woodward cited an alleged phone conversation between Trump and Mattis in which Trump went into an expletive-laden rant against Assad and told Mattis to have him killed. He alleges that many senior officials have "vowed" to thwart actions by the president that are not consistent with their own values.
Amid the drama, former staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman sought to seize some of the spotlight by releasing a recording she said was of Trump talking to junior aides during a communications meeting. "It gives a time, who participated".
Despite Sunny Hostin's ultimate decision not to attempt to copy Melania Trump's Slovenian accent, a representative from the White House weighed in on what happened. This fear is becoming universal. While it's obvious that our current president is no paragon of virtue, neither is he the Captain Queeg of the Good Ship White House, as his foaming-at-the-mouth detractors would have you believe.
The back-and-forth over the debt was just the first clash between Cohn and Trump on economic policy, according to Woodward's book. This day has been typically a slow day of news where politicians refrain from attacking each other, which shows how this anniversary is no longer potent in United States collective memory.
The Op-Ed, which said that members of the administration were working to thwart some of the president's impulses, sparked a firestorm in Washington and beyond, with Trump even questioning in a tweet whether treason was committed. -Common CauseWhile the op-ed argued that Americans should feel secure in the fact that there are "adults in the room", Common Cause argued that nothing in the piece should be comforting to the public. Moving forward, Trump might no longer trust his aides and these aides are less likely to trust each other. "And I think we can break history", he added.
Dowd reportedly received assurances from Mueller's team that the subpoena did not have to deal directly with the president. Of course, Woodward never spoke to Trump in advance about what is contained in the book.