"As anyone who has worked for Trump knows and I think that establishes this also", Woodward told Perino, "that it's very hard to control Trump".
Despite Sanders' efforts to downplay the bombshell op-ed, Cooper said the "dust hasn't even begun to settle" as it is "not every day an administration official writes 'the root of the problem is the president's amorality'". Susan Glasser of The New Yorker, however, has aptly written, "It was as if one of Woodward's sources had chosen to publish a real-time epilogue in the pages of the Times". "And the things, some of the things Trump did and does [sic] jeopardize the real national security".
"It was on his desk, and Gary Cohn, the chief economic adviser in the White House, took it off his desk - stole it", Woodward told CBC. "A source tells us he [Trump] shouted out 'Bring back Hope Hicks!' Apparently, he preferred her response to ["Fire and Fury" author] Michael Wolff", said Blackwell. "I just said I'd like to record this, Mr. President, when he called, and he said, 'Okay, ' so I turned on the tape recorder". Although Trump has defended Mattis against Woodward's insinuations, the pressure to replace Mattis with another more hawkish defense secretary is still ongoing. The scene, and the book, end with Trump's lawyer calling him a "fucking liar". "This is a war on truth by [Trump]", Woodward claimed.
The highly anticipated book, which chronicles some unflattering moments in the Trump administration, has been sourced from numerous current and former officials.
Trump, meanwhile, has dismissed the book as a "scam" filled with "made up" quotes.
Porter, 40, left the White House after his two ex-wives came forward to say he physically or verbally abused them, with one revealing a photo of the black eye she said Porter gave her.
Woodward described Trump's clashes with advisers about trade as emblematic of his refusal to listen to advice if it contradicts his existing opinions.
Woodward said Trump acknowledged some of the material he said would be in the book, but also denied "a great deal" of it. The letter stated that the USA was planning to withdraw from a trade agreement with South Korea.
Bob Woodward (R) and the late Ben Bradlee, a former Washington Post executive editor, posing for a photo during a tour of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in April 2011. Such gaps in explanation point to the author's political agenda, which the media has seriously misrepresented as being anti-Trump. The book will be released on Tuesday.