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As Trump fumes over leaks, Woodward pushes back on criticism

U.S. President Donald Trump U.S. President Donald Trump
Ivan Hill | 14 September, 2018, 05:02

It was also at this National Security Council meeting that Trump suggested cutting off all security-related aid for Pakistan - almost six months before he actually suspended funding on January 1 - saying Islamabad wasn't helping Washington in the Afghan war.

For his part, Woodward told NBC that while the sources are anonymous, the incidents are not-he provided a date and time for each one that appeared in the book.

At the meeting, Trump reportedly began to complain about "all this money we're spending on USA forces overseas", and Mattis had to explain why it was necessary.

In "Fear", Woodward said Chief of Staff John Kelly referred to Trump as an "idiot" and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis compared the president's understanding of military operations in the Korean peninsula to a "fifth or sixth grader".

Trump and several members of his administration were quoted have called the book "fiction and fabrication".

Woodward also said he wasn't lying, despite the president's accusations.

Asked whether he thinks any laws were broken, Trump Jr. said: "Listen, I think you're subverting the will of the people".

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Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward told the BBC's Today Programme that the U.S. president had questioned security spending over South Korea, Europe and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in a national council security meeting past year.

According to the book, Cohn, who stepped away from the White House this April, responded to Trump's unbelievable request, telling him that "You don't get to do it that way", and that "We have huge deficits and they matter".

But Woodward insisted his book was accurate and said he carefully vetted each description included in the book. As he did with "Deep Throat" on Watergate, Woodward based his reporting in Fear on "deep background" interviews, sharing all available information without revealing the identity of his sources.

"This is very low level person who will throw their name on an op-ed, and basically subvert the vote of the American people who elected my father to do this job", Trump Jr. said. Dems can't stand losing.

In other tweets Monday morning, Trump claimed that the White House, which has experienced significant staff turnover and other tumult, is a "smooth running machine" and touted economic figures under his leadership. "It's a way to say you're important to this story, I take you seriously". Woodward claimed to have snuck into Casey's hospital room and done the interview.

Porter said that suggesting materials from Trump's desk were "stolen" to prevent the president from taking action "misunderstands how the White House document review process works".

"The Woodward book is a scam", Trump tweeted on Friday.

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