Nolte: Bob Woodward Amps Up Scare Tactics to Hype Book

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Woodward, who has covered every administration since his groundbreaking coverage of President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal, said yes.

At the end of the book, Woodward describes a scene where President Donald Trump is undergoing a practice testimony at the White House.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpOakland Raiders's Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem, then scores touchdown Trump declares state of emergency in Carolinas ahead of Hurricane Florence Ex-NFL player tears into Nike: Kaepernick ad "like 9/11 and Pearl Harbor" MORE and White House aides have rushed to condemn the book and undermine Woodward's credibility in recent days.

In the book, Woodward cited an alleged phone conversation between Trump and Mattis in which Trump went into an expletive-laden rant against Assad and told Mattis to have him killed.

Bob Woodward in NY on September 10, 2018.

One telltale sign of the book's soon-to-be success is its author's reputation.

The book by the longtime Washington Post reporter says former Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn once removed a document from the president's desk that would have ended a trade deal with South Korea.

"This is very low-level person who will throw their name on an op-ed, and basically subvert the vote of the American people who elected my father to do this job", Trump Jr. said, calling the column "pretty disgusting" and "sad". Woodward has said that senior Trump administration officials have not told the truth in responding to the book. "There's too much evidence, too many witnesses". Porter described Woodward's chapters as offering a "selective and often misleading portrait", specifically rebuffing a passage that claims Cohn snatched a document from Mr. Trump's desk that would have pulled the US out of a trade agreement with South Korea.

That's about as close as we get to either of them directly addressing a key detail, but Porter mostly seems to be disputing it on a technicality. Fulfilling this responsibility does not make someone part of a "resistance" or mean they are seeking to "thwart" the President's agenda.

Mattis, and multiple other administration officials, have denied the comments attributed to them in "Fear".

But Woodward added this: "I think people better wake up to the nature of the war on truth and its outcome".

The Late Show is an hour-long show, and 20 of those minutes went to Woodward and Colbert talking about the book, its contents, and even a few historical references.

"I'm not because I know what I did and I'm not anxious about any of that", Don Jr. said.

Trump on Friday called the book a "scam" and said he doesn't speak the way he's quoted.

Nevertheless, Woodward continues to float the idea they are "saving the country".

During the meeting at Trump Tower in November 2016, Cohn touched on a series of economic issues, including the Federal Reserve.

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