According to Mr Woodward, Mr Trump had to be told by his Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis that spending in these areas was necessary to "prevent World War Three". "It's what the president wants.'", Woodward quotes Priebus as saying.
But Woodward said they are "not telling the truth". While he said the book contained "inaccuracies", as Axios reports, he wasn't specific about what the book supposedly got wrong. "I've seen this over the years, going back to the Nixon case".
Woodward says his sources' denials are driven by "political necessity", and are a product of the way Washington generally runs. I like him very much. In a note at the beginning of "Fear", the author notes that the work "is drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with first-hand participants and witnesses to these events".
But Woodward said he did know, with certainty, that Kelly was trying to gain control of the White House - but is having a hard time doing so. The magazine goes on to say that Cohn was "astounded" by "the depths of the president's stupidity".
"You can write a sensational nonsense book".
Bob Woodward's "Fear" is spreading quickly.
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Trump proposed a tweet warning that the United States was considering pulling family members of USA service people from South Korea. It claims that some advisers have gone so far as to remove documents on certain issues from the president's desk to keep him from seeing them or signing them.
Following Woodward's appearance on the "Today" show, Trump took to Twitter and said, "Woodward is a liar who is like a Dem operative prior to the Midterms". "People took actions to protect the country".
In early 2018, Trump sent several belligerent tweets that seemed created to taunt North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
But Woodward says in his book there was an even more risky tweet that wasn't sent, declaring that Trump was withdrawing the family members of US troops from South Korea.
In one anecdote, Trump questioned his National Security Council on January 19 about why the United States maintained a costly presence on the Korean peninsula. "I remember going to one general's house, he opened the door - we didn't have an appointment, I was afraid I might get shot".
The commentary, published by the New York Times last week, was written by a senior official in the Trump administration, according to the Times.
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Woodward also said he wasn't lying, despite the president's accusations. "It's critical: Who is this person and why are they masking themselves in this way?"