Trump attacks Woodward's 'fiction' book and claims author used 'disproven' sources

Posted September 10, 2018

As the report noted, it took quite a bit of convincing for Trump not to hit "send" on the tweet.

Former CIA Director John Brennan, a fierce Trump critic, called the op-ed "active insubordination. born out of loyalty to the country".

Chris Christie and New York Times reporter Michelle Goldberg clashed on ABC's "This Week" while discussing the last week's anonymous op-ed.

"What you'd like is the President to not worry so much about the short term of staffing, but the long term of vision-casting for America, pull us together as a people, help us deliberate about where we should go and then build a team of great, big-cause, low-ego people around you", he said.

Perhaps most damning are the words of Trump's own lawyers, who were apparently so terrified of the president testifying in the special counsel's investigation - because of his inability to tell the truth - that they appealed directly to Mueller not to subpoena him.

At 6:15 PM eastern time on September 5, Trump posted the following on Twitter: "TREASON?"

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In a rare step, Pence's communications director Jarrod Agen tweeted early Thursday that "The Vice President puts his name on his Op-Eds". The U.S. president has a base of supporters who embrace or ignore the chaos.

One top Trump aide, budget chief Mick Mulvaney, warned behind closed doors on Saturday that even GOP candidates such as Texas Sen. Lindsey Graham-although critical of the op-ed writer-asserted, "This is not treason under the Constitution".

What is also clear is that while presidents have always had disloyal members of staff, the vast majority of those who served Nixon, Reagan, Mr Clinton, the Bushes and Mr Obama tended to adore the leader they worked for.

"At that moment, there was a sense of profound alarm in the Pentagon leadership that 'My God, one tweet and we have reliable information that the North Koreans are going to read this as 'an attack is imminent'". 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. But Graham said that while the op-ed's author was guilty of "disloyalty" and of being "cowardly", the op-ed was not "treason". And the fact that Trump would encourage such unethical behavior speaks volumes about his character-or lack thereof. And publishing a Trump administration insider's critique hardly qualifies as endangering national security in any way, shape or form. For many in Trump's orbit, it was stunning to realize just how many people could have been the op-ed's author. It is the latest book to detail tensions within the White House during Trump's 20-month-old presidency.

"There's clearly a rising Republican tide of opposition to Trump, and he will not handle that well", said Mike Murphy, a Republican consultant who opposed Trump's candidacy in 2016.