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Woodward: Trump 'detached from reality,' jeopardizes national security

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Bob Woodward and Donald Trump spoke by phone in August.
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Cohn, who was the head of the National Economic Council, told the president that he could not raise the top rate as part of his tax reform package, Woodward reports. He said his book "is as carefully done as you can do an excavation of the reality of what goes on". "It felt like we were walking along the edge of the cliff perpetually". There is a key difference that, in Roman and Mughal times, the emperor was most anxious about his family trying to bump him off, but Trump believes only in his family.

That's right, the deafening stomping sound you hear is The Big Grundle trying to walk back all those things he told Bob Woodward about how apocalyptically stupid and adolescent he found the current leader of the free world to be.

However, giving his reaction on the book which was released on Tuesday, Donald Trump said that Woodward book is scam and he did not speak in the way he has been quoted. And the staff here, that is here to do their job and not undermine the great work that this president and this administration has done.

The White House says Camp David, the USA president's country retreat, offers the commander-in-chief "solitude, tranquility, and a place to host foreign leaders".

Trump furiously suggested collecting affidavits that could be used in court or making everyone take polygraph tests, though polygraphs are not admissible in court: what a pervertedly amusing thought, given Trump's propensity to lie.

"Well, I am the one doing - asking the questions", Guthrie said.

Both have enraged the President and led to new levels of suspicion among his staff, many of whom were already at odds with each other. Many senior aides have also scrambled to deny they made the comments, claiming they weren't quoted accurately by the investigative reporter. He denied the allegations. Instead, The Times reported that federal prosecutors in a separate inquiry issued a subpoena for entities that were connected to White House senior adviser and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. He just scurries around. "Which one would you do for the same pay?" "I don't talk the way I am quoted".

"... Modi, who has been courted assiduously by Obama, was coming for the visit to.see Trump".

At some points, Woodward writes, Porter stood as a critical voice to temper the president's whims.

Infuriated by the unsigned missive, Mr Trump on Friday urged Mr Sessions to launch an investigation to uncover the author's identity, citing "national security" concerns.

The president was insistent, though, and ordered Porter to draft language to exit the compact.

The reporter explains how Trump asked how much the defence system costs and baulks at the $1 billion price tag.

"We'll slow-walk that one too", Porter promised.

Woodward in his book "Fear: Trump in the White House" that hit the stores on Tuesday, has portrayed a dysfunctional Trump administration. He further claimed there were "whispers" in the cabinet of a concerted effort to remove President Trump from office by invoking the impairment clause of the 25th Amendment. "I don't even know why any of us are here".

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