"White House staffers, she said, aren't focused on "(dealing) with cowards that refuse to put their names in an anonymous letter".
"I've never seen instance when the president is so detached from the reality of what's going on", Woodward said.
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.
"A source tells us he [Trump] shouted out 'Bring back Hope Hicks!' Apparently, he preferred her response to ["Fire and Fury" author] Michael Wolff". The Times said the column was written by a senior administration official who claimed to belong to a group working to thwart Trump's "worst inclinations".
Woodward also claimed Mattis said that Trump's intelligence was that of "a fifth- or sixth-grader".
But on Monday, the White House reasserted its interest in studying whether any laws were broken by the explosive op-ed's author.
Woodward then steers the conversation to the middle passages, which deal with Trump and his approach to National Security. He said his book "is as carefully done as you can do an excavation of the reality of what goes on". Trump tweeted Monday prior to the Woodward interview.
During the first meeting between President-elect Donald Trump and his top economic adviser, Trump appeared confused by elements of the federal debt and USA monetary policy.
According to reports, Donald Trump has been quoted by senior journalist Bob Woodward that PM Modi during his meeting with Donald Trump had raked the Afghanistan issue and told him that U.S. got nothing from Afghanistan. It's pointless to try to convince him of anything.
"I'm not because I know what I did and I'm not anxious about it", he said, again denying that he spoke to his father about his June 2016 Trump Tower sit-down with a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Trump doesn't realize "that the national security for the country comes from having trade relations and having security agreements, like North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and secret intelligence partnerships", Woodward added, calling it one of the most shocking revelations in the book.
In his statement, Porter does not disavow any of the quotes attributed to him. "Their quotes were made up frauds, a con on the public".