Cohn and other staffers reportedly anxious that ending the trade agreement could jeopardize a program that is used to detect North Korean missile launches. "It is mostly anonymous sources in here", Trump quoted Guthrie. "It doesn't work. He's got it in his head, and when people challenge him, he will say, 'I have had those ideas for 30 years, you're wrong'".
Stephens, a regular critic of the president, said that he doesn't think that the passages in the book, which hits shelves on Tuesday, will sway Trump's base, but he said he thinks it could convince voters who were unsure about voting for Trump or his 2016 Democratic presidential opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSan Juan mayor endorses Cynthia Nixon in NY gov race Hillary Clinton thanks Ralph Lauren at 50th anniversary show Trump tax law takes center stage in Nevada Senate race MORE. Dems can't stand losing.
"The Woodward book is a scam", Trump tweeted Friday.
Trump turns up the heat in trade conflict with China
White House Economic advisor Larry Kudlow told CNBC that talks between the USA and China were ongoing. Trump said Friday that the timing of the tariffs on the $200bn worth of goods is not yet final.
Many scenes in Fear are recounted in direct quotes, and seem to communicate the experiences of among others former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former White House strategist Steve Bannon, former staff secretary Rob Porter and former chief economic adviser Gary Cohn. Mattis is quoted calling Trump's understanding "like a fifth or sixth grader".
Woodward told CBS that during exchanges with North Korea last year, Trump focused on the fact that the US paid $3.5 billion a year to have troops in South Korea, saying "I don't know why they're there", and asking why the USA has 28,000 troops stationed there. "It's very important whether this is somebody who witnessed and participated", Woodward said. "Sometimes it takes time". "Totally understand. [The book] is as carefully done as you can do" and is an "excavation of the reality of what is going on".
According to the network, Woodward writes that in one such instance then-National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn stole a letter from Trump's desk that would have led to the termination of the free trade agreement between the USA and South Korea. "[The book describes] specific people on specific dates". He's never going to see that document.
Not only does Trump fail to understand how treason is defined in Article 3, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution-he lacks even a rudimentary understanding of journalistic ethics.
Justice Dept. Should Investigate Op-Ed Writer as Matter of National Security
He criticized the media for what he said were its efforts to "undermine this administration". White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders separately called on the individual to resign.
In contrast, Woodward said the internal dysfunction revealed by his book has "not been treated seriously enough".
Actually, Guthrie's question was a softball, giving Woodward a chance to explain, somewhat confusingly, that his sources might be anonymous but the "incidents" are not. "It gives a date".
That's a big deal - especially because it confirms much of the daily reporting that has come out of this White House since Trump became President 19 months ago.
Trump warns Syria, Russia, Iran against Idlib ‘tragedy’
Rescue workers accused regime forces of killing more than 40 people with "poisonous chlorine gas" in the town of Douma in April. Numerous residents are rebels and civilians who were bussed out of other areas as they came back under Syrian regime control.