On Monday, in his first live interview to promote Fear, Woodward said on NBC's Today that he sees President Trump is a threat to the country. That makes it harder for readers to assess just what to believe, and it makes it possible for sources to say one thing anonymously and something else for public consumption. According to the author, "Fear" is based on extensive interviews with former and current members of the Trump administration, and many interviews were taped for posterity. He has the confidence to allow advisors to disagree with a proposed course of action and advocate for an alternative outcome-and I sometimes did just that.
Honestly, Colbert's first question, about how on Earth people still think it's a good idea to talk to Woodward, is probably one that a lot of people have. Even approaching the debt ceiling can be harmful to the stock market and USA economic growth. He added, "He and I both know this story is total BS".
"They are not telling the truth", Woodward said.
"Certainly if there was an individual, if that individual is in meetings where national security is being discussed or other important topics, they are attempting to undermine the executive branch which would be problematic in something the Department of Justice should look into", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.
Trump on Friday called the book a "scam" and said he doesn't speak the way he's quoted.
"It would be easier to get things done if you're able to fully trust everyone around you", he said. "But Trump doesn't remember".
Several administration officials, including Defense Secretary James Mattis and chief of staff John Kelly, have denied the anecdotes and quotes ascribed to them in Woodward's book. According to Woodward, Pence was among those who were "silent and only seemed to be encouraging Trump". The suggestion that materials were "stolen" from the President's desk to prevent his signature misunderstands how the White House document review process works - and has worked for at least the last eight administrations. "I know other reporters who have heard things from those people and they heard the exact same thing, but it was off the record and they couldn't use it".
"I'm willing to put myself out here".
"I became lazy", he 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". "And in the end I know what I've done, and I'm not anxious about that at all, because you know, I've done nothing that anyone else wouldn't do in that position, in my opinion". "I think you buried the lead".