Woodward's book went on sale Tuesday and was No. 1 on the top 10 list for Apple's iBooks.
"The suggestion that materials were "stolen" from the president's desk to prevent his signature misunderstands how the White House document review process works-and has worked for at least the last eight administrations", Mr.
However bad you fear the situation might be inside the Trump White House, the reality is even worse, says Bob Woodward, half of the duo behind the Watergate tapes, and the author of Fear: Trump in the White House, out Tuesday.
The exchange over tariffs is another example from Woodward's book of Cohn trying to explain economics to Trump.
"The things-some of the things-that Trump did and does jeopardizes the real national security", Woodward said. According to Woodward, Trump made this comment during a Situation Room meeting in the White House on July 19 previous year, almost three weeks after he had a very successful meeting with Modi at the White House on June 26. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis denies saying that Trump acted like a fifth- or sixth-grader while discussing North Korea, and chief of staff John Kelly denied calling Trump "an idiot".
While the op-ed prompted furious backlash from the president and his allies, 42 percent of respondents in the poll said they feel more comfortable when administration officials openly criticize the president.
Once one person had described an episode to him, Woodward says, "I would go to other people and say, 'Did this happen?"
In recent days, Trump has accused Woodward of making up quotes and mused about changing US libel laws in an effort to better position himself to seek "retribution".
"We're underestimating how serious all of this is", Woodward tells NPR.
"The Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources", Trump wrote.
Infuriated by the unsigned missive, Mr Trump on Friday urged Mr Sessions to launch an investigation to uncover the author's identity, citing "national security" concerns. Dems can't stand losing.
Woodward says his sources' denials are driven by "political necessity", and are a product of the way Washington generally runs.