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Trump fires back at Bob Woodward book with statements from James Mattis and John Kelly

"I wouldn't have used it", Woodward added of the Times opinion column during his first televised interview about his 19th book, Fear: Trump in the White House, which is scheduled for release on September 11.

Trump also tweeted out a quote from a Washington Examiner writer.

Among the anecdotes included, former top economic adviser Gary Cohn is reported to have removed paperwork, unnoticed, from Trump's desk that the president meant to sign to withdraw the USA from trade agreements. And given how norm-busting Trump's presidency is - in terms of his relationships to the media, to his own party, to policy - it's also hard to avoid making mountains out of everything, even those things that might be molehills.

Nixon was a mean-spirited man who took revenge on his enemies but compared to Mr Trump, he was bold, realistic, ambitious, thoughtful in foreign policy and - it nearly chokes me to write this - a liberal progressive compared to today's Republican party.

What is striking about Mr Woodward's work is that it bears out the old Washington adage that there are two things no one should ever witness up close - the making of sausages and the making of laws.

"He tells an associate, 'I have to protect the country because this will unravel a trade deal which will jeopardize one of the most important intelligence operations we have going on, '" Woodward said, adding the documents are printed in the book.

"The Woodward book is a Joke", Trump tweeted on Monday morning.

'Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction, ' he claimed.

Here are four of the most ludicrous things Trump had to say about the senior official's New York Times piece.

'Dems can't stand losing.

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. He said Trump has been "on the same wavelength" as congressional Republicans on taxes, regulations and court appointments.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell referred to the accomplishments of the current Congress when asked about the op-ed during an interview on Fox News.

From former White House lawyer John Dowd, we learned - or rather had confirmed - that Trump is incapable of getting through a single blustery sentence without uttering some spectacular falsehood, making him a prime candidate for perjury in any potential sit-down with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Woodward goes on to say that he's "never seen an instance when the president is so detached from the reality of what's going on". If I did I would not have been elected President.

"On Twitter, Trump contradicted himself by implying that the New York Times" editors wrote the op-ed themselves and published fake news-only to accuse the person of treason and demand his or her identity.

Fleischer said there are hundreds of people who "think they're "senior" officials".

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