While he does not name his sources, Woodward says he spoke with many people now or formerly working for Trump as he researched the book, discussing not just the president's personality but also major policy debates regarding North Korea and Afghanistan.
President Trump's accomplishments are undeniable: significant tax relief to spur economic growth, rolling back burdensome regulations to unleash job creators, remaking the federal judiciary to uphold the Constitution, and much more. But there is a more organic connection between the book and the op-ed.
Per the Wall Street Journal, chief of staff John Kelly is urging Trump to be deliberate about the decision, as Trump could well be facing impeachment proceedings if Democrats win the House this fall, as well as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe.
Hall is not the only one with a historical perspective who sees bad signs for Trump.
Sanders wouldn't rule out a lawsuit against Woodward on Monday, though Trump has long threatened legal action against his detractors that never materializes.
Trump also derided his predecessor's return to politics.
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This stance explains why Woodward is dismissive of the Steele dossier on Trump and unfairly criticizes former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey for including it in the intelligence report to the president (Comey defended his choice by noting the FBI's assessment that the sources in that dossier were "credible").
During the interview, Trump Jr. also said he is not anxious about legal exposure resulting from the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. If all else fails, Trump could easily exploit the Idlib crisis to reinvent himself as a humanitarian.
The book has caused controversy as it reportedly portrays Trump as chaotic, mercurial and uninformed. Why, Colbert wants to know, did Woodward choose to start the book with people sneaking documents off the president's desk, and end with this scene? It's an example of Woodward's pattern of adopting witness accounts at face value.
Of course, deep background - in which Woodward doesn't name his interviewees but uses their information - has its pitfalls, as the author is again discovering.
Mr. Modi's alleged desire to be hosted at Camp David comes into discussion in the book in the context of former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster's hot temper.
Second, Woodward, who still works as an associate editor at the Washington Post, has a sterling reputation.
"The soldiers had told him that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation staff were totally dysfunctional", the book says. Woodward reported on the scandal. Woodward also writes that Trump refused to send any additional aid. "We don't take it like others - like China", Trump is quoted as saying in the book, during the July 19 situation room meeting. The depth of dysfunction inside the White House. That comes on top of Defense Secretary James Mattis being quoted as saying Trump had the understanding of a "fifth- or sixth-grader".