Bob Woodward: Trump Threat ‘Has Not Been Treated Seriously Enough’


The White House has been pushing back against Woodward's book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", saying it is the work of disgruntled former employees and a work of fiction.

"Fear: Trump in the White House" hits United States bookstores on Tuesday after a weeklong buildup, with published excerpts, leaks and interviews that portray Trump as dangerously erratic and uninformed.

At one point, Trump drafted a tweet saying the United States planned to "pull our dependents from South Korea - family members of the 28,000 people there", Woodward told CBS. I don't know how Donald Trump is going to react to this.

The publication of the op-ed immediately triggered a wild guessing game as to the author's identity on social media, in newsrooms and inside the West Wing where officials were blindsided by it. This country does some things in the intelligence world which are so important to protect the country they are astonishing.

At first, former White House aide and Trump's friend-turned-nemesis, Omarosa Manigault Newman, caused quite an uproar with her revelations about her time at the White House in a bid to promote her new memoir, "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House". But Woodward said they're only trying to save face.

The author said he tried but contends he was either stonewalled by Trump's inner circle or simply ignored.

The piece called Trump's leadership style "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective", said the president makes "half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions", and claimed that "many" senior administration officials "are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations".

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Earlier this week, the blitz of coverage accompanying veteran Watergate reporter Bob Woodward's new book "Fear: Trump in the White House", confirmed things that most Americans either knew or long suspected about an unstable chief executive who is routinely derided by his most senior advisers.

The President also lashed out on Wednesday and dismissed the op-ed as "really a disgrace" and "gutless" and assailed the author and the Times for publishing the anonymous opinion piece. "It's critical: Who is this person and why are they masking themselves in this way?"

"They don't like Donald Trump and I don't like them", he said of the newspaper.

For more than 18 months, critics of President Trump have repeatedly argued that he is an unhinged ignoramus, a serial fabulist, and dangerously unstable.

If the version of events revealed by Woodward and the anonymous official is true, America is facing a deeply dysfunctional presidency and crisis of governance with no parallel in modern history, apart, perhaps, from the paranoid final days of the Nixon administration.

The 25th Amendment allows the vice president to take over if the commander in chief is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office".