Woodward: Trump Is 'Detached' From Reality, Jeopardizes National Security


Conservative New York Times columnist Bret Stephens on Monday said that the revelations made in Bob Woodward's new book could have a "decisive effect" on the upcoming midterm elections.

Woodward appeared on Today, where he received some reasonable pushback from host Savanah Guthrie, specifically regarding alleged quotes attributed to Defense Secretary James Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

"There's clearly a rising Republican tide of opposition to Trump, and he will not handle that well", said Mike Murphy, a Republican consultant who opposed Trump's candidacy in 2016.

At the end of the day, for all the sturm and drang of the last few days, it's true that we haven't learned anything all that new. "But now our ranks are growing and it's about damn time". What's certain is that as long as Trump is president, chaos will be part of the picture. "There are adults in the room … trying to do what's right even when Donald Trump won't", the opinion piece asserts.

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According to Woodward, Porter asked the president if the tweet might provoke Kim, to which he replied "it's leader versus leader". "We have a President who is not capable of doing the job, who clearly has these temper tantrums, doesn't know enough to be making numerous decisions he makes". Woodward's new book is due to be published on Tuesday, and the veteran journalist is promoting his damning account of the President's leadership. They would criticize the president behind his back and undermine his more radical suggestions, the book claims. "But there is no such agenda to be imperiled".

What's more, Fleischer argued, the piece won't be seen by most voters outside the Beltway as a pivotal moment in Trump's presidency, or do much to change the public's perception of him.

"Many Trump appointees", wrote the author, "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".

Trump supporters seized on the article as proof of the existence of a "deep state" opposition to the president within his administration.

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If the Trump Administration official and the New York Times had conspired to offer ISIS (Islamic State, Iraq and Syria) classified information on Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, it would be a matter of national security.

Pence said he did not know who wrote the Times column but that he was "100 percent confident that no one on the vice president's staff was involved in this anonymous editorial".

At a National Security Council meeting on January 19, the president "disregarded the significance of the massive US military presence on the Korean Peninsula, including a special intelligence operation that allowed the United States to detect a North Korean missile launch in seven seconds vs. 15 minutes from Alaska", The Post reported.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called the essay "another example of the liberal media's concerted effort to discredit the president", in a statement Wednesday.

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