Having now read Bob Woodward's Fear, I am struck by the selective and often misleading portrait it paints of the President and his administration.
When Colbert brought up the fact that some people in the Trump administration were portrayed as types of heroes, Woodward replied, "You get to know these people, and you realize they're speaking from conscience, because they are anxious about Trump doing things".
The author of the op-ed described him- or herself as one of several high-level government officials who "are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of [Trump's] agenda and his worst inclinations"-combating the president's "amorality" and "erratic behavior" in order to promote a conservative agenda like the one many in Trump's cabinet have spent their careers working to advance".
Mattis and Kelly have both denied the quotes attributed to them, while Trump accused Woodward of lying and fabricating his quotes.
"These are people who are trying to survive and keep their job", Woodward said, explaining that the same officials have told reporters similar things off-the-record and he doesn't do off-the-record because he thinks it cheats the public. I think we could be so rich if we weren't stupid.
"They realized that [these documents] would endanger the country", Woodward said.
The Vanity Fair excerpt says that Cohn felt Donald Trump didn't understand how federal debt works. Similarly, The New York Times op-ed prompted a parade of statements from top administration officials denying responsibility. But in the end, President Trump is the one who decides, and he has shown himself more than capable of doing so.
Major Hurricane Florence continues to barrel toward the Carolinas
McMaster said he had asked President Donald Trump to declare a federal emergency in SC in anticipation of the storm's arrival. Hurricane Isaac - which late Sunday became the fifth hurricane of the season - is heading west towards the Caribbean.
Asked whether he was shocked by what he uncovered in his book, Woodward said: "I've never seen an instance when the president is so detached from the reality of what's going on".
Trump Jr. acknowledged that Republicans will struggle to maintain control of Congress in the midterms with a Republican in the White House, saying Democrats would take the House if the election follows precedent. "You know, people get complacent".
That's about as close as we get to either of them directly addressing a key detail, but Porter mostly seems to be disputing it on a technicality. According to Woodward, Trump made this comment during a Situation Room meeting in the White House on July 19 past year, almost three weeks after he had a very successful meeting with Modi at the White House on June 26.
The journalist then says how Dowd told Trump that he either do it his way or get "fitted for an orange jumpsuit".
"He (Modi) told me the U.S. has gotten nothing out of Afghanistan".
As Staff Secretary, I was responsible for managing the flow of documents to and from the Oval Office and ensuring that anything the President was asked to sign had been properly vetted.