Trump Assails Highly Critical New Book

Senior Donald Trump administration official flays president in anonymous New York Times op-ed essay

"Does the president not think that that op-ed is protected by the First Amendment?"

It's a far more rigorous approach than, say, a recent, infamous "anonymous" New York Times op-ed from one unnamed senior administration official claiming to be "thwarting Mr. Trump's more misguided impulses", the self-satisfied, political equivalent of a "my job here is done" meme when you consider just how numerous president's impulses get out regardless.

"Of course Sarah Sanders would try to turn this op-ed into media criticism by saying that it's sad and pathetic", Cooper said.

Sanders denied the White House is conducting its own investigation to uncover the source behind the article.

The White House last week called Woodward's new book "nothing more than fabricated stories".

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He did not elaborate on the $28 million price tag he cited, though it appeared to be about the cost of Mueller's investigation. Papadopoulos soon made contact with a mysterious Maltese academic, identified as Joseph Mifsud. "I don't know Papadopoulos".

Sanders wouldn't rule out a lawsuit against Woodward on Monday, though Trump has long threatened legal action against his detractors that never materializes.

"This has not been treated seriously enough, and some of the things Trump did and does to jeopardize the real national security", Woodward warned.

It was not clear how aggressive White House efforts were to root out the op-ed writer, though a person close to the White House who was not authorized to speak publicly said officials had focused in on a few names.

"I think it is less about that part of it and whether or not somebody is actively trying to undermine the Executive Branch of the government and a duly elected president of the United States", Sanders said.

And that came just a day after bombshell revelations in a new book by journalist Bob Woodward on the Trump White House, which described senior figures discussing the removal of the president from office, at one point, and calling him an idiot. One of the most unsafe incidents involved Trump's obsession with the 28,000 troops the US has stationed in South Korea, and the $3.5 billion a year the USA pays to keep them there, Woodward explained, quoting Trump as saying: "I don't know why they're there".

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Woodward told Guthrie today that the sources he quotes who are denying their words are now "not telling the truth".

A different journalist asked if the White House would give a list of everything in the book that they thought were inaccurate, to which Sanders replied, "I think that would be a complete and utter waste of our time, so no".

Woodward, whose 1974 reporting of the Watergate case in the Washington Post led to President Richard Nixon's resignation, said he based his book "Fear" on interviews with witnesses to the hidden secrets of the White House, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

While both Ryan and McConnell expressed disapproval at the time with Trump's handling of the Charlottesville incident, Woodward reported that they took another step behind the scenes.

"Time and time again people will deny things", Woodward told NPR Morning Edition host Rachel Martin. "I'll write the real book!" he added.

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Novak Djokovic , of Serbia, returns a shot to Juan Martin del Potro , of Argentina, during the men's final of the U.S. The 31-year-old Serb is now just three behind Rafael Nadal and six back from Federer.

"We're underestimating how serious all of this is", said Woodward.

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