The piece's publication has coincided with revelations from a new book by veteran journalist Bob Woodward that depicts a chaotic White House in which some aides have even removed papers from Trump's desk to prevent him from taking what they believe to be unwarranted actions. The Times said the column was written by a senior administration official who claimed to belong to a group working to thwart Trump's "worst inclinations".
Pressed on whether Trump can win a credibility battle with the Pulitzer victor who helped expose President Richard Nixon's Watergate-era transgressions, Sanders pointed to "actual, on record" accounts from White House staffers, again pointing to Mattis and Kelly, "not disgruntled former employees".
However, giving his reaction on the book which was released on Tuesday, Donald Trump said that Woodward book is scam and he did not speak in the way he has been quoted. Woodward then, clearly stunned, explains how Trump's own lawyer told the President: 'You can't testify.
Although the primary topic of this video has to do with the debate between getting information that's off the record or instead on deep background, the moment that strikes perhaps hardest is that Woodward found the current iteration of the White House "shocking". The objective of the meeting was for Goldman Sachs' then-president and chief operating officer Gary Cohn to brief president-elect Trump on the economy.
Asked if the Trump showed signs of mental defect, Woodward said "my job here is not to psychoanalyze, it's to describe what happened".More news: Tour Championship field now set, without Jordan Spieth
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But then comes the very end of the book, which Colbert told Woodward he would read for the audience, "because I don't have the credibility you do".
On Monday, Trump tweeted that "the Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources".
After learning of the news regarding Mueller and Deutsche Bank, a primary lender to the president, Woodward wrote that a furious Trump phoned Dowd at 7 a.m. "Just come talk to me".
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.
"Well, you shouldn't be talking about that right now because it doesn't matter". I mean, to try to control the presidency while not the president. 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.