As Trump fumes over leaks, Woodward pushes back on criticism


As Trump fumes over leaks, Woodward pushes back on criticism

Listen, everyone knows that the best parts of the book now making the rounds are the parts about Gary Cohn living every day in mortal fear that he had to save America in his own, stealing papers from the oval office, accidentally cucking Steve Mnuchin in Trump Tower and explaining the kindergarten basics of monetary policy to the commander-in-chief.

He was leaning towards leaving, or a change in strategy if the decision was to stay.

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".

In another part of the book, Mattis allegedly said that Trump had the understanding of a "fifth- or sixth-grader" of the situation on the Korean peninsula. Trump wrote on Twitter.

"Prime Minister Modi of India is a friend of mine, he (Trump) said". I like him very much. Nothing. Afghanistan has massive mineral wealth.

"Other times, we would fall over the edge, and an action would be taken". "The US needed to get some of Afghanistan's valuable minerals in exchange for any support. 'I'm not making a deal on anything until we get minerals.' And the U.S. 'must stop payments to Pakistan until they cooperate'".

So, why didn't Modi and Trump go to Camp David? This, during a conversation on Afghanistan, during which Trump also said, according to Woodward, that Modi told him the United States had "gotten nothing out of Afghanistan". The meeting was held a couple of weeks after PM Modi had met Donald Trump after he became US President. It accorded a larger role to India in reconstructing Afghanistan and put Pakistan on notice. Again, Woodward claims that certain senior officials, including John Kelly and Jim Mattis, insulted Trump by calling him names. "Is that really where we are?"

Then White House Director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison Omarosa Manigault, right, walks past President Donald Trump during a meeting on healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, March 13, 2017.

The Late Show is an hour-long show, and 20 of those minutes went to Woodward and Colbert talking about the book, its contents, and even a few historical references.

When Reince Priebus, the then chief of staff, said the Camp David meet was "not in the cards", Mr. McMaster is said to have flown into a rage.

As Trump threatened to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, a letter signalling that intent sat on his desk, only to be quietly removed by a staffer, Woodward said.

Although the primary topic of this video has to do with the debate between getting information that's off the record or instead on deep background, the moment that strikes perhaps hardest is that Woodward found the current iteration of the White House "shocking".



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