First there were news reports about Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward's new behind-the-scenes book, "Fear, ' which described a nervous breakdown in the Trump administration as top aides maneuvered to prevent the President from taking disastrous and impulsive missteps".
The 75-year-old Woodward said that at a National Security Council meeting a year into Trump's presidency, when he was complaining about the cost of posting thousands of US troops in foreign countries, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis had to explain the rationale to him. "Some of the things Trump did and does jeopardize the real national security". Woodward said that he interviewed more than 100 people, including one person nine times. Trump says he "most likely" won't shut down government MORE, Chief of Staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE and former Trump attorney John Dowd have "aggressively" pushed back against quotes attributed to them in the book.
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Mueller may agree to accept written answers from the president on at least some topics. He said he had talked to more than 100 people, and that half of them are key sources for the book.
"Just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources".
"One intriguing comment in the article states: "[W] e believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic. That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump's more misguided impulses until he is out of office".
Woodward replied that these "political statements", denying the quotes in the book, were designed "to protect their jobs".
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In other tweets Monday morning, Trump claimed that the White House, which has experienced significant staff turnover and other tumult, is a "smooth running machine" and touted economic figures under his leadership.
Early last week, excerpts were released from Woodward's book, which depicts the Trump White House as a byzantine, treacherous, often out-of-control operation.
Among Trump's anti-Fear tweets today, the president quoted a Washington Examiner writer who cautioned, "You can not take this book too seriously". And you publish that transcript, because everything leaks in Washington, and the guys overseas are going to say, 'I told you he was an idiot. Dems can't stand losing.
"What you'd like is the President to not worry so much about the short term of staffing, but the long term of vision-casting for America, pull us together as a people, help us deliberate about where we should go and then build a team of great, big-cause, low-ego people around you", he said.
At a National Security Council meeting, Trump disregarded the significance of the USA military presence on the Korean Peninsula, including an intelligence operation that allows officials to detect North Korean missile launches within seconds. "It's very important whether this is somebody who witnessed and participated", Woodward said.
"The incidents are not anonymous".