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    Veteran journalist and author Bob Woodward said on Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Deadline” that President Donald Trump was “putting a dagger in the Constitution” with his comments about not committing to a peaceful transfer of power. Anchor Nicolle Wallace said, “This statement yesterday is about obliterating the Constitution. Rod Rosenstein was reported to have whipped votes for the 25th Amendment. No one has challenged what Mattis and Coats have said. Since your book came out, I heard they have felt that way for a very long time. I wonder if it escalates things when it’s not just the obliteration of norms, but also obliterating the Constitution?” Woodward said, “It’s not just challenging the Constitution. It’s putting a dagger in the...
    Watergate journalist Bob Woodward did not commit to releasing all his tape-recorded conversations with President Trump before the election. Woodward said he would feel uncomfortable publicly releasing all his conversations with the president because they contain unproven or untruthful statements. "To your point, though, about nothing sort've shaking Trump voters from Trump, do you believe that if they listen to all 18 or 19 of your interviews, they might come to the conclusion you came to, that he is ... you conclude that he is the wrong man for the job. And I guess the second part of that is will you release all your tapes before the election?” MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace asked. "Well, I can't release them...
    Bob Woodward called out President Donald Trump’s repeated efforts to cast doubt on and delegitimize the upcoming 2020 election, with continual false claims about widespread fraud in mail-in voting and his refusal on Wednesday to commit to a peaceful transfer of power unless millions of ballots are thrown out. During an appearance on Deadline: White House on Thursday, Woodward explained in detail Trump’s long precedent of breaking norms, alienating his former top staffers and aides, and abdicating his duties as president — all of which he said he experienced while reporting his new book, Rage. “One of the things we find in history — I’ve written about nine presidents, tried to study history some — is that when presidents come out and...
    Veteran journalist Bob Woodward said that he did not plan on releasing the audio tapes of his interviews with President Trump for his book, Rage, but was convinced to do so by his wife and by CNN reporter Jamie Gangel. “Being honest, the book would have not received the attention, the focus, and the kind of, ‘Oh, it’s all true. We can hear it,’ if I did not have those two women ganging up on me,” Woodward said on Tuesday during an interview with CNN President Jeff Zucker at the network's "CITIZEN by CNN" conference. The Watergate reporter said that he was not planning on releasing the tapes until Gangel and his wife, Elsa Walsh, a reporter who helps edit...
    Journalist Bob Woodward suggested historians would react to the Trump era of American politics with bewilderment and four-letter words.  'The historians I know are going to be writing about this for decades and they're going to say, "What the F happened to America in 2016, 2019 and 2020?"' Woodward told CNN's Jeff Zucker Tuesday as part of the network's Citizen by CNN conference.  Woodward, the famed Watergate journalist who's covered nine administrations, said he had 'never seen anything like' Trump bungling's of the coronavirus pandemic, with 200,000-plus Americans dead as of Tuesday.  Journalist Bob Woodward said Tuesday that historians are going to look at the Trump era and ask, 'What the F happened to America in 2016, 2019 and...
    Photo credit: Alex Wong, Getty Images. Bob Woodward continued his nearly ubiquitous media tour in promoting his new Trump administration tell-all Rage. That tour even included a headline appearance at an invite-only forum with CNN president Jeff Zucker as part of the annual CITIZEN by CNN day of private interviews and panel discussions. In this episode of Woodwardpalooza, the award-winning author and journalist put in stark relief how he felt future historians would consider this current time in which we find ourselves. It has been only 13 days since we first heard on-the-record audio between Woodward and President Donald Trump, audio that revealed the president privately expressed the lethal danger presented by Covid-19 while at the same time, publicly downplaying it. But...
    Washington (CNN)Journalist Bob Woodward on Tuesday said in all of his years reporting on nine different presidents, he has "never seen anything like" President Donald Trump's mishandling of the pandemic. "Two hundred thousand Americans dying. I think in covering nine presidents, I've never seen anything like it," Woodward told Jeff Zucker, the chairman of WarnerMedia News and Sports, at the Citizen by CNN 2020 conference."The visitation of the medical nightmare on the American population is staggering, stunning. It's on his head, and he did not do enough. He just didn't," Woodward said.Weeks before the first confirmed US coronavirus death in the United States, Trump admitted he knew that the virus was dangerous, airborne and highly contagious but repeatedly played it...
    The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee requested documents from the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) on Monday detailing President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll Trump dismisses climate change role in fires, says Newsom needs to manage forest better Jimmy Kimmel hits Trump for rallies while hosting Emmy Awards MORE's ties to Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In a letter to Robert O'BrienRobert O'BrienSunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election Trump confirms another White House staffer tested positive for COVID-19 DHS asks Schiff to reconsider expanded probe after whistleblower complaint, declines additional interview requests MORE, Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezKasie Hunt to host lead-in show...
    Donald Trump has boasted that he has broken 'every record' on the appointment of judges, stating that only George Washington did more 'because he appointed 100 per cent'. The president, over the course of 18 interviews with Bob Woodward for Woodward's book Rage, spoke with pride of his achievements. He said that Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Senate, was obsessed with appointing conservative judges, and celebrated that fact that Barack Obama left the White House with 100 vacancies in the courts. The issue of appointing judges has become an intense topic following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, aged 87. Trump and McConnell hope to quickly replace her with a candidate of their choosing;...
    Watergate journalist Bob Woodward released a series of clips showing President Trump express thoughts on the Supreme Court and his high court nominee Neil Gorsuch. On Sunday night, Woodward spoke with CNN host Anderson Cooper and played audio of several interviews with the president, most of which were integrated into his new book titled Rage. Trump's ruminations on the judiciary, particularly on how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made confirming judges to the federal courts a top priority, take on new significance following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday at the age of 87 and the gathering political storm over confirming a new jurist. In the tapes, Trump talked about his presidential legacy as...
    JOURNALIST Bob Woodward is 77-years-old and has written more than 19 books about politics. The veteran journalist broke the story of the Watergate break-in that led to Richard Nixon resigning the presidency. 11Bob Woodward is the associate editor of The Washington PostCredit: AFP Here is more on Bob Woodward. Who is Bob Woodward? Bob Woodward is an American investigative journalist and author. He began working at the Washington Post as a reporter in 1971.  Woodward is now an associate editor at the paper.  11Woodward began his career in journalism with The Post in 1971Credit: EPA How old is Bob Woodward? Woodward is 77-years-old. He rose to fame after reporting on the Watergate scandal in 1972.  Woodward worked alongside reporter Carl...
    Veteran journalist Bob Woodward said he's ready to release more audio recordings of his conversations with President Trump in which the Supreme Court was discussed. The Watergate sleuth, whose new book on the Trump administration, Rage, was recently released, said on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS offer insight into Trump's thinking judicial nominations, an issue that has risen to the forefront after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday. "I’m going to release some transcripts and audios later today that will show Trump talking about that relationship and how important moving the Supreme Court and the judges," Woodward said, after referring to how Republicans have been very gung-ho about judicial appointments. "Trump will have appointed 300 judges. Think about...
    Morning Joe scored its third-highest ratings in show history on Wednesday, thanks to its interview during the 7:00 a.m. hour with Bob Woodward, who discussed his new White House insider book, Rage. The MSNBC morning show edged out its Fox News competition in total viewers, although Fox & Friends did win the morning in the coveted 25 – 54 age demographic. According to Nielsen Media Research, from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m., Morning Joe pulled in an average of 275,000 viewers in the demo and 1.66 million overall, while Fox & Friends notched 283,000 A25 – 54 viewers and 1.59 million in total. Buoyed by its strong morning ratings, MSNBC finished with a strong second place in total day, with 1.77 million viewers, behind Fox News’...
    Veteran journalist Bob Woodward maintained Thursday that he didn’t do anything wrong by sitting on remarks President Trump made about the coronavirus in the early months of the outbreak because, at the time, the author thought Trump was referring to COVID-19's impact on China. In an interview on "The Daily Briefing" on Thursday, Woodward told host Dana Perino that Trump "failed as a leader to warn the American people about the dangers" of the coronavirus, referencing a February interview where he described the novel virus as “deadly stuff,” while intentionally downplaying it in public as nothing more than the seasonal flu. Critics condemned Trump when audio of the recording was released last month, but Perino pressed the veteran journalist on his decision to sit on the comments for months if he believed lives could have...
    It wasn’t quite the proverbial unstoppable force versus the immovable object, but Bob Woodward’s first appearance on Fox News since publishing the new White House tell-all Rage was a clash of some inside-the-beltway titans as Dana Perino tried to score points in a 15 round battle that had no clear winner. The former White House press secretary under President George W. Bush seemed to try to frame Woodward purely as someone fiercely anti-Trump, to which the famed journalists paid zero heed and instead stayed on message and showing his vast experience of television hits designed to promote his latest book. An early version of the headline for this post was “Dana Perino Repeatedly Cuts Off Bob Woodward While He’s...
    Read the REAL story of the Trump phenomenon, by intrepid reporter Ruben Bolling: Tom the Dancing Bug: Into the Trumpverse, chronicling the rise and reign of Donald Trump, through the savage satirical analysis of the weekly comic strip Tom the Dancing Bug. Information, including how to order, and special offers here. "God bless Tom the Dancing Bug! Funny, succinct, and highly original, Ruben Bolling is able to make sense from the chaos and tragedy of America's political nightmares and make you laugh while doing it. An increasingly rare and more difficult feat these extra bleak days. This is worth your time and money. Do it!" -David Cross Memberships are now open for Tom the Dancing Bug's INNER HIVE. Join the...
    “We were very close” to war. That’s what South Korea's Kim Jong Un apparently said to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo when they first met in Pyongyang back in 2017. That, and a host of many other insider accounts, personifies the magic that is a Bob Woodward book. It is the ability to take the reader into the halls of power, to make them feel that they are literally in the Oval Office with the president, listening to him weigh decisions that will shape the globe for decades to come. VideoThe power of Woodward's prose, the scope of his connections, the countless VIP interviews, are all supposed to undergird his credibility and to reassure the reader that what Woodward is doing is presenting...
    (CNN)No journalist this side of Sean Hannity has spent more time talking to President Donald Trump over the past year than Bob Woodard.Between early December 2019 and mid-August 2020, the legendary Washington Post reporter did 18 interviews with Trump for his book "Rage," which came out earlier this week. All told, Woodward spent nearly 10 hours interviewing Trump since just last December.What that amount of time means is that when Woodward offers an assessment of Trump, we should listen. Which is what he did Tuesday night in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper. Asked by Cooper about Trump's claim that he had read "Rage" from cover to cover in a single night, Woodward responded this way (bolding is mine):"And he...
    Woodwardpalooza continued into its second week as the celebrated journalist. In this episode, author Bob Woodward reveals that President Donald Trump has “very little idea what’s going on with race issues in this country.” This moment came during the author’s first appearance on a cable news morning show Wednesday morning since he began promoting his new book Rage. The new tell-all book, and second in which Woodward has written on the Trump White House, is based primarily on 19 (!) on-the-record conversations with President Trump. Audio recordings that have come from these interviews have dominated the news cycle over the past two weeks. In his first question to Woodward, Morning Joe contributor Eddie Glaude, Jr. flatly asked if he believes...
    It’s a scandal larger than Watergate! Web page Six has discovered that Gayle King and her “CBS This Morning” colleagues have been livid as a result of “At the moment” bagged the primary reside interview with Bob Woodward about his blockbuster e book “Rage” — though it was printed by CBS’s sister firm Simon & Schuster. King rival Savannah Guthrie ended up doing the interview with the enduring journalist on Monday, the day earlier than the e book hit cabinets — and made worldwide headlines as a result of she was the primary to problem Woodward on his controversial resolution to not launch a recording of the president by which he appeared to indicate he believed COVID-19 to be...
    It’s a scandal bigger than Watergate! Page Six has learned that Gayle King and her “CBS This Morning” colleagues were furious because “Today” bagged the first live interview with Bob Woodward about his blockbuster book “Rage” — even though it was published by CBS’s sister company Simon & Schuster. King rival Savannah Guthrie ended up doing the interview with the iconic journalist on Monday, the day before the book hit shelves — and made worldwide headlines because she was the first to challenge Woodward on his controversial decision not to release a recording of the president in which he seemed to imply he believed COVID-19 to be much more dangerous than he had publicly stated. The insider speculated that...
    It’s a scandal bigger than Watergate! Page Six has learned that Gayle King and her “CBS This Morning” colleagues were furious because “Today” bagged the first live interview with Bob Woodward about his blockbuster book “Rage” — even though it was published by CBS’s sister company Simon & Schuster. King rival Savannah Guthrie ended up doing the interview with the iconic journalist on Monday, the day before the book hit shelves — and made worldwide headlines because she was the first to challenge Woodward on his controversial decision not to release a recording of the president in which he seemed to imply he believed COVID-19 to be much more dangerous than he had publicly stated. The insider speculated that Simon...
    Mike Tyson is nuts for getting back into the ring aged 54, according to one of the most exciting young talents in boxing 18 Random Amazon Finds That Will Make an Aries Say, “I Need That” Tell the public the truth — Bob Woodward says Trump failed to rally U.S. around coronavirus fight President Donald Trump lacked a national strategy to bring the U.S. together to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, according to journalist Bob Woodward. "If you tell the public the truth, that they will rally 'round. They will get behind the leadership," Woodward told CNBC's Shepard Smith in an interview that aired Wednesday on "Squawk Box." The author of the book "Rage" compared Trump's response to...
    Journalist and author Bob Woodward delivered a devastating assessment of President Donald Trump’s time in office, calling it a “staggering, monumental tragedy across the board.” On Wednesday morning’s edition of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski asked Woodward to explain what sort of book Trump thought he was getting when he was being interviewed for “Rage,” the bombshell tome that’s currently causing Trump such headaches. Woodward explained that “Trump regretted not talking to me to me for ‘Fear’,” his previous book, “and so he agreed to do this, and it was one of the most, one of the strangest experiences of my life.” Woodward explained the surreal experience of having to keep a tape recorder at the ready at...
    Bob Woodward, author of a new book on the Trump White House.Alex Gallardo | Reuters Journalist Bob Woodward told CNBC that President Donald Trump lacked a national strategy to bring the U.S. together to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.  "If you tell the public the truth, that they will rally 'round. They will get behind the leadership," Woodward said in an interview with CNBC's Shepard Smith that aired Wednesday on "Squawk Box." Woodward, who is best known for his role in uncovering the Watergate scandal while at The Washington Post, published his latest book on the Trump presidency, "Rage," on Tuesday. He also authored the book, "Fear," which was released two years ago.  In the CNBC interview, Woodward compared Trump's...
    Bob Woodward on Tuesday revealed how President Trump was surprised there was public outrage over his meeting with Kim Jong-Un, suggesting his other only option would've been to sit at home reading a book. During audio played from one of 18 recordings for interviews related to Woodward's new book Rage, Trump boasted as he shows the legendary journalist how 'happy' the North Korean dictator was at one of their several meetings. However when probed over the reaction stemming from Trump the first American leader to agree to talks with Jong-Un, the president sounded irritated. 'What the f***k? It's a meeting,' the 73-year-old leader hit back at Woodward, 77, on December 5, 2019. Scroll down for videos Trump told Woodward...
    President Donald Trump boasted about his rapport with North Korean leader Kim Jong un during his summit meetings with the dictator, showing Bob Woodward numerous photos of the pair of leaders smiling. “I never met somebody at that level who has that wealth or alleged wealth he has who is so needy for some sort of recognition and, you know, flattery and so susceptible to it,” CNN host Anderson Cooper noted. “I want to play part of your conversations. He’s showing you photos of the two of them at one of the summits, the idea he’s showing you photos is bizarre to me and we want to warn viewers, the president uses profanity but these are his words important...
    Veteran reporter Bob Woodward questioned President Trump's grasp on reality following criticism of his book Rage. Woodward told CNN host Anderson Cooper that he does not know if Trump can remember what is real and what is not real. He pointed to a moment in one of his 18 interviews, during which Trump said he did not remember national security adviser Robert O'Brien saying that the coronavirus would be a top national security threat but that he knew O'Brien said it at some point. "I said, 'Do you remember your national security adviser saying that this virus is going to be not the biggest national security challenge, it’s going to be the biggest national security threat to your...
    Bob Woodward offered his stunned reaction to President Donald Trump’s scattered, conflicting reactions to the author’s book, and not-so-subtly questioned the president’s mental acuity and grasp of reality. Speaking with CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an hour-long interview, Woodward discussed how Trump has responded since the book was released. “Now, this morning he was asked about the book on Fox News and he said he read it last night,” Woodward said, clearly skeptical. “Ok.” Cooper then noted that Trump is not know for speed reading, or for reading at all. “He said it’s ‘very boring’ and then the anchor on Fox News said ‘Thank you,’ asked him ‘Is it accurate?'” Woodward recounted. “You know what the president said? I mean,...
    Bob Woodward appeared on CNN Tuesday night shortly after the first preview of the president’s ABC News town hall dropped, in which President Donald Trump actually claimed that he “up-played” the coronavirus if anything. Those comments are in stark contrast to Trump straight-up telling Woodward in one of their many taped conversations, “I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic. Woodward told Cooper, “We are living in an Orwellian world, and this is not just about some political problem or some geopolitical problem. It’s about the lives of people in this country, and he was told. He knew. He told me about it.” The veteran journalist...
    U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks on judicial appointments during a brief appearance in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, September 9, 2020.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied that he had downplayed the threat of the coronavirus, claiming he "up-played" the danger of the disease through his actions – despite privately admitting months earlier that "I wanted to always play it down."   Trump, speaking at an ABC News town hall event with voters in Philadelphia, said his moves early on in the Covid-19 crisis saved lives and demonstrated "action, not with the mouth but in actual fact." The president's assertion that "in many ways I up-played it in terms of action" came less than...
    This just in! Embalmed D.C. journalist Bob Woodward has proof that President Trump killed 200,000 Americans! The president “possessed specific knowledge that could have saved lives,” Mr. Woodward claims about comments Mr. Trump made back in February as the federal government began grappling with the emerging global pandemic sparked in a “wet market” in China. “It is one of those shocks, for me, having written about nine presidents,” Mr. Woodward says haltingly, as he peddles his latest book. “Historians are going to be writing about the lost month of February for tens of years.” And what, pray tell, oh great Oracle of Deep Throat, will historians be writing about the month of January? You know, that month that comes BEFORE...
    Bob Woodward defended his decision in an interview with taxpayer-funded National Public Radio (NPR) to wait until excerpts from his book Rage were released earlier this month to reveal that President Donald Trump spoke to him in February about the deadly threat of coronavirus. The NPR interview, which aired Monday, set up Woodward as a great journalist and Trump as the one who lied to the American people. “What did the president know? And when did he know it?” Morning Edition host Rachel Martin asked. “The journalist Bob Woodward pushed President Trump to answer those questions about the coronavirus.” NPR host Mary Louise Kelly asked Woodward about the elephant in the room since his “bombshell” book was set to be released Tuesday.  “Let’s...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump did another rambling interview on Fox News morning show "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday. In perhaps the most notable moment of the session, Trump said he had previously wanted to order the assassination of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and "had him all set," but that then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis opposed the idea.This was a complete contradiction from Trump's comments two years ago. After journalist Bob Woodward reported in 2018 that Trump had wanted Assad assassinated after a Syrian chemical attack on civilians in 2017, Trump told reporters that the report was "fiction" and that an assassination "was never even contemplated, nor would it be contemplated." In addition to his implicit Tuesday concession that his...
    Bob Woodward on Tuesday dismissed a veiled threat from White House adviser Jared Kushner, who claimed to have audio tapes of the veteran journalist. In an interview on the Today Show, Kushner was asked about comments he made during an interview with Woodward. According to Woodward, Kushner can be heard on tape calling former members of the Trump administration “overconfident idiots.” Kushner revealed that both men had recorded the interview, and suggested that Woodward’s account was false. “He’s got tapes of everything, I have tapes of everything,” the White House adviser said. “That was never implied in that regard.” Later on Tuesday, Woodward responded to Kushner’s remarks in an interview with The Washington Post. “If you look at Jared Kushner’s quote, he...
    President Donald Trump said that he did have Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad lined up for assassination but was talked out of it by his former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.  Trump made the admission Tuesday when he called into 'Fox & Friends,' confirming reporting from Bob Woodward's first book on his administration, 'Fear,' which was released two years ago.  'I would have rather taken him out. I had him all set. Mattis didn't want to do it. Mattis was a highly overrated general. And I let him go,' Trump said.  President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he did want to have Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad killed, confirming reporting in Bob Woodward's 2018 book about the Trump administration, 'Fear'  Trump...
    In an interview with Fox News broadcast on Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump discussed journalist Bob Woodward’s latest book, Rage, The Hill reported. Trump said that he agreed to 18 on-the-record interviews with Woodward because he assumed the journalist would be “a little bit fair” in his reporting. However, the commander-in-chief described the bombshell as “very boring.” “I actually got to read [Rage] last night. I read it very quickly and it was very boring. But there was not much in that book.” In Rage, Woodward revealed that Trump aware of the dangers the novel coronavirus posed early on, but refused to warn the public and take action. Excerpts and audio recordings of the conversations between the two men were...
    President Trump says he spent some of Monday evening reading journalist Bob Woodward’s book — and was not impressed. Speaking to Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning, the commander-in-chief remarked on Woodward’s tome, titled “Rage,” after being asked why he spoke to the Washington Post editor. “I assumed he was a little bit fair, I didn’t do it previously. He only writes bad books, and I actually got to read his last night — I read it very quickly and it was very boring,” the president told the network. Asked further about the decision and whether his reporting was accurate, Trump said Woodward’s work was just “okay” before defending his own conduct, explaining how he did not want to...
    'Rage' author Bob Woodward's latest tape reveals President Donald Trump confessing to fleeing from the Oval Office after someone sneezed because the coronavirus was so contagious.  'I was in the White House a couple of days ago, meeting with 10 people in the Oval Office and a guy sneezed innocently, not a horrible, you know, just a sneeze,' Trump is heard telling Woodward in a tape dated April 13. 'The entire room bailed out, OK, including me, by the way.' The timing is significant because the conversation happened the same day Trump declared that he had 'the ultimate authority' to push states to reopen their economies, which he was pressing them to do.   'Rage' author Bob Woodward debuted another...
    CNN released another snippet of the on-the-record, taped conversations between President Donald Trump and journalist Bob Woodward, this time revealing that the nation’s leader was admitting on April 13 that the Covid-19 virus was “a killer.” Speaking with CNN reporter Jamie Gangel, who has been previewing excerpts of Woodward’s new book, Rage, host Anderson Cooper divulged the latest damning comments by Trump in the early months of the outbreak. “These audio tapes show an ongoing pattern by Trump of misleading and playing down Covid to the public as you said while privately telling Woodward how dangerous the virus was,” Gangel explained. “And it wasn’t just the February call or the March call. On April 5th, before we get to our audio,...
    The hits keep coming from Rage author Bob Woodward, who premiered a new exclusive audio recording of President Donald Trump admitting behind closed doors how dangerous he knew the coronavirus to be long before he started taking it remotely seriously in public.  “Bob, it’s so easily transmissible, you wouldn’t even believe it,” Trump can be heard saying on the tape, which Woodward recorded on April 13th, 2020, and shared with Stephen Colbert for Monday night’s episode of The Late Show. The president goes on to tell what he apparently thought was a hilarious story about being in the Oval Office with a group of advisers when one of them let out a sneeze. “A guy sneezed, innocently,” Trump says. “Not...
    President Trump said to Watergate sleuth Bob Woodward that the U.S. response to the coronavirus could not have been better. In the final call between Woodward and Trump, which happened too late to be mentioned in the journalist's new book, Rage, Woodward warned the president that his book would be "tough" on him and would generate controversy. In response, Trump spoke highly about the stock market and his administration's response to the pandemic. "You know the market's coming back very strong, you do know that?" Trump asked after Woodward discussed the severity of the coronavirus, according to audio of the taped conversation obtained by CNN. "Yes, of course. And you know," Woodward responded. "Do you cover that in the...
    President Donald Trump told Bob Woodward in an interview for the journalist's new book that he gets along better with strongmen like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan than leaders of countries that the U.S. gets along with.   'I can tell you the relationships I have, the tougher and meaner they are, the better I get along with them,' Trump is heard telling Woodward in a sound clip that debuted on the 'Today' show Monday. 'The easy ones I don't like as much or don't get along with as much.'   Woodward's new book 'Rage,' which comes out Tuesday, uses the contents from 18 recorded interviews with Trump.    'Rage' author Bob Woodward released a new interview clip of President Donald Trump...
    Journalist Bob Woodward confirmed on the 'Today' show Monday that it wasn't President Donald Trump's idea to ban travel from China in late January.     'It is very different and it's essential to the understanding,' Woodward told NBC's Savannah Guthrie, promoting his new book 'Rage,' which comes out Tuesday.  In the book, Woodward writes that Trump was meeting with top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield and Health and Human Services Secretary Alexander Azar who recommended that the president ban travel from China in an effort to keep the coronavirus out.  Bob Woodward confirmed reporting from his forthcoming book 'Rage' during an appearance Monday on the 'Today' show. He said...
    Meaghan Ellis September 14, 2020 0 Comments Bob Woodward is being grilled for sitting on the audio clips of President Donald Trump admitting to downplaying the coronavirus pandemic. The investigative journalist appeared on “The Today Show” on Monday where he discussed his new book “Rage,” which offers an in-depth look at Trump’s presidency. “The biggest revelation, by far, from this book is that the president told you way back on February 7 that this coronavirus was airborne, that it was five times more deadly than the flu,” said host Savannah Guthrie. “As you well know, you’ve been criticized for not releasing that information until now.” Guthrie also noted that not only has the president criticized Woodward but also commentators...
    (CNN)A very important exchange happened Sunday night when legendary Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward sat down with "60 Minutes" correspondent Scott Pelley to talk about "Rage," his new book about President Donald Trump. Here it is:Pelley: It might disappoint some of your fans that you reach an editorial conclusion at the end of this book, something that reporters are not supposed to do. Woodward: Yes. I say the President is the wrong man for the job.Pelley: But, you're known as the reporter who doesn't put his thumb on the scale. And yet, at the end of this book, you do just that.Read MoreWoodward: It's a conclusion based on evidence, overwhelming evidence, that he could not rise to the occasion with...
    Meaghan Ellis September 14, 2020 0 Comments Journalist Bob Woodward revealed President Donald Trump was well aware of the fact that the coronavirus pandemic was coming before he began taking the necessary steps to mitigate the spread of the virus. During an exclusive “60 Minutes” interview with Scott Pelley, Woodward recalled Trump telling him when he first received intelligence about the coronavirus. “On January 28th of this year, before the virus was on anyone’s radar, the national security advisor, Robert O’Brien, told the president, ‘This virus will be the biggest national security threat you face in your presidency,'” Woodward said on Sunday. When asked about Trump’s reaction to the warning, Woodward claimed the president asked questions that...
    Bob Woodward continued the promotional tour of his new tell-all book Rage, based on nearly two dozen on-the-record interview with President Donald Trump. On Monday morning, he appeared on the TODAY Show, and host Savanah Guthrie held Woodward’s feet to the fire over criticism he withheld critical information about Trump’s knowledge of Covid-19 and the duplicity with which he publicly addressed the public health crisis. “The president told you way back on February 7th that this coronavirus was airborne, that it was five times more deadly than the flu,” Guthrie asserted. “As you well know, you’ve been criticized for not releasing that information until now.” She then turned the screws a bit, noting “the president has criticized you, other commentators, one...
    Veteran journalist Bob Woodward maintained Monday that he didn’t do anything wrong by sitting remarks President Trump made about the coronavirus in the early months of the outbreak because, at the time, the author thought Trump was referring COVID-19's impact on China. In February, Woodward conducted the first of a series of on-the-record interview with the president for his upcoming book, “Rage,” and Trump described the novel coronavirus as “deadly stuff,” even as he publicly compared it to a seasonal flu. WOODWARD DISMISSES CLAIMS HE COULD HAVE SAVED LIVES BY PUBLISHING TRUMP COMMENTS SOONER A month later, Trump admitted to Woodward: “I still like playing it [the virus] down, because I don’t want to create a panic.” Critics condemned Trump when audio of the recording was released last month, but the president has dismissed the...
    President Donald Trump 'kissed Melania goodbye' before his first aborted visit to Kim Jong-un and the inter-Korean DMZ in late 2017, fearing that he may not return. The claim comes in a soon-to-be-released book 'Rage' by the renowned Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, who interviewed Trump 18 times ahead of its release. 'Rage' claims that Trump believed he might not return from the heavily fortified border, with bad weather eventually forcing him to return to safety and abort the visit. According to excerpts of the book seen by South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, Trump said he kissed his wife and First Lady Melania Trump goodbye before he left for the trip.    'I got up this morning, and told Melania, kissed her...
    Veteran journalist Bob Woodward shared a new audio clip from his forthcoming book on TODAY Monday in which President Donald Trump muses about how he has better relationships with despotic leaders like Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, while the “easy ones” are leaders that he doesn’t “get along with as much.” “I get along very well with Erdogan, even though you’re not supposed to because everyone says what a horrible guy, but for me it works out good,” Trump says on the tape, played exclusively on TODAY. “It’s funny, the relationships I have, the tougher and meaner they are, the better I get along with them, you ought to explain that to me some day, but maybe it’s not a bad...
    Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner openly trashed the city of Baltimore in interviews with Bob Woodward — and a top official in the city is letting him have it. As Woodward reported in his new book “Rage,” Kushner believed President Donald Trump was very savvy to describe Baltimore as “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” as it forced Democratic officials to defend the city from the president’s attacks. “The Democrats are getting so crazy,” Kushner told Woodward. “They’re basically defending Baltimore. When you get to the next election, he’s tied them to all these stupid positions.” Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott described Kushner as a “slumlord” and said he’d come to regret attacking his city. “We need true leaders that are going...
    “Why did you lie to the Americans?”: The first question addressed to the American president on the reasons why he has, by his own admission, played down the threat of Covid-19, set the tone for an organized press conference hastily. “I did not lie! (…) The way you asked this question is a shame”, replied the leader of the first world power, with less than 60 days of an election where he will run for a second four-year term against Democrat Joe Biden. “I show strength as a leader,” he continued, very reassured. “There is no lie (…) I do not want to jump in all directions and start shouting: death! Death!”. The coronavirus epidemic...
    Donald Trump was incapable of 'rising to the occasion' of the coronavirus pandemic, Bob Woodward has said - describing the president as 'dynamite' which is ready to detonate at any minute with catastrophic consequences. Woodward, whose book Rage has painted a remarkably damning portrait of a president, spoke on Sunday night to 60 Minutes. The veteran Watergate reporter, who has interviewed every currently living president during their time in the Oval Office, was asked why in this, his 20th book, he decided to break with his own tradition and pass judgement on the president. Woodward wrote that Trump is 'the wrong man for the job'.   “I say the president is the wrong man for the job.” Bob Woodward says he...
    Bob Woodward sat down with 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley to talk about his new book, Rage, and shared his last phone conversation with President Donald Trump before the book was released, saying that he had warned the president that the book would be “tough,” and Trump had tweeted an hour and a half later to attack the book as “fake.” In preparation for the book, Woodward had a total of eighteen conversations with Trump, some in person, some over the phone, covering topics ranging from the coronavirus pandemic to North Korea. These conversations were not just on-the-record, they were recorded — with Trump’s knowledge and permission — making it hard for the Trump administration or campaign to deny what...
    Bob Woodward sat down with 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley to discuss his new book, Rage, and shared conversations he had with President Donald Trump about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, as well as reading some of the “love letters” that were exchanged between the two world leaders. The book’s revelations about Trump’s comments regarding the coronavirus have dominated the news, but Woodward first started chatting with Trump back in December 2019, before the pandemic began. Woodward told Pelley that Trump repeatedly said to him that the situation with North Korea was far more fraught than many people realized. After North Korea tested its first intercontinental missile in 2017, Trump authorized Defense Secretary James Mattis to shoot down any...
    Author Bob Woodward said President Donald Trump failed with his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic early on during a preview of his interview that will air tonight on CBS’s “60 Minutes.” Host Scott Pelley asked, “Did the president ever disclose to you why he wasn’t telling the public what the stakes were with the coronavirus?” Woodward said, “I think he did not understand the American public. He said, ‘Well, I don’t want to create a panic.’ We know from history when the public is told the truth, they organize. We have a problem. We’re going to step up. And Trump thought, ‘Oh, well, they’ll panic.’ When there’s a crisis, when the president, particularly, they know something, it’s time to tell...
    President Donald Trump's path to re-election continues to be dogged by low marks on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.  A new survey from ABC News/Ipsos finds just 35 per cent of Americans approve of his handling of the pandemic, with another 65 per cent who disapprove.  The poll found that two-thirds of the country believe the president acted too slowly in responding to the outbreak And another two-thirds distrust what he's said about the disease.   On Sunday morning, Trump continued to cheerlead his response to the pandemic, tweeting that the coronavirus numbers were 'falling very steadily and fast.'     President Donald Trump continues to get low marks on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with just 35 per cent...
    On Sunday, CNN’s Brian Stelter held court over Donald Trump’s coronavirus downplaying and why Bob Woodward took the approach he did for composing his new book on the president’s administration. In a panel conversation for Reliable Sources, former ABC News anchor Sam Donaldson told Stelter that Woodward’s Trump tapes are “not really a smoking gun because we knew [Trump] was a liar” primarily focused on re-election. Former CDC detective Dr. Seema Yasmin took a negative view of Woodward’s tapes, siding with those who’ve argued that the Washington Post associate editor should’ve warned the public of Trump’s Covid-19 downplaying a long time ago. Bob Woodward himself is saying the president of the U.S. has a duty to warn. That’s...
    Bob Woodward sat down with 60 Minutes for his first big interview about his new book on the Trump presidency. The most serious revelation from Woodward’s book so far is President Donald Trump on tape being candid about wanting to downplay the coronavirus early on, saying it’s worst than the flu weeks before making very different comments publicly. In a preview released Sunday morning, Scott Pelley asked Woodward, “Did the president ever disclose to you why he wasn’t telling the public what the stakes where with the coronavirus?” Woodward reviewed that discussion he had with the president, as well as Trump’s excuse he just didn’t want to panic people: “I think he did not understand the American public… We...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Author Bob Woodward made waves last week when excerpts of his new book “Rage” were released, detailing President Donald Trump’s response to coronavirus among other topics. In a taped interview with Woodward, President Trump admitted he downplayed the seriousness of coronavirus, but said he did so in an effort not to create panic. Woodward has faced criticism from some who say the author should have reported details of Trump’s comments earlier to protect the country from the deadly pandemic. “Bob Woodward had my quotes for many months. If he thought they were so bad or dangerous, why didn’t he immediately report them in an effort to save lives? Didn’t he have an obligation to do so? No,...
    TV picks for Sunday, Sept. 13 WATCH THIS: “60 Minutes” (7 p.m., CBS): Among tonight’s segments is an interview with Bob Woodward. The journalist and author says President Donald Trump’s failure to tell the public how deadly he believed the coronavirus to be is a “tragedy.” Woodward heard the president saying the coronavirus is deadlier than the flu in a taped, on-the-record interview Woodward conducted for his new book on Trump, titled “Rage.” The book was reported from interviews Woodward was allowed with the president, totaling nine hours, in which Woodward says he was permitted to record all of the on-the-record sessions. Viewers can hear the president in his own voice, and Woodward will tell Scott Pelley what he...
    In a Saturday piece for Salon, columnist Lucian K. Truscott IV argued that Bob Woodward’s interviews from his book Rage might have exposed Donald Trump’s “fatal flaw.” In particular, the writer noted the reports that the president was briefed by national security adviser Robert O’Brien on Jan. 28 about the danger and severity of the coronavirus. Instead of telling Americans and working to unite them, Truscott noted that the president chose instead to play down the severity of the virus — a choice the writer argued shows that Trump’s weakness is his lack of confidence in himself and his ability to influence others without money. “He doesn’t believe in himself, so he has never believed in his ability to influence...
    During an appearance on MSNBC’s AM Joy on Saturday, former Republican Rep. David Jolly argued that Bob Woodward’s recent revelations about Donald Trump’s coronavirus response might prevent him from winning in November, Raw Story reported. “He may not win this election because of this and people say ‘no, you’re crazy. We always see Donald Trump rebound from that,'” he said. “That’s true but I’m putting my assessment in the context of being seven weeks out from an election where you have an incumbent desperately in need of momentum. He is trailing.” Jolly noted that the last two weeks had put Trump on defense of his purported mishandling of the pandemic and alleged disparaging comments about fallen U.S. soldiers. According to...
    According to interviews recorded by Bob Woodward for his book, “Rage,” Donald Trump was briefed by national security adviser Robert O’Brien on Jan. 28 of this year that the coronavirus “will be the biggest national security threat you face in your presidency,” that the virus was five times more deadly than ordinary flu, that it was spread when “you just breathe the air,” and that it would soon become a worldwide pandemic. At the moment Trump told Woodward these things, on Feb. 7, the president had one job: Persuade the American people to work together to deal effectively with this threat to their health and well-being. That would mean, in the coming months, that Trump would have to convince people...
    Lucian K. Truscott IV September 12, 2020 12:00PM (UTC) According to interviews recorded by Bob Woodward for his book, "Rage," Donald Trump was briefed by national security adviser Robert O'Brien on Jan. 28 of this year that the coronavirus "will be the biggest national security threat you face in your presidency," that the virus was five times more deadly than ordinary flu, that it was spread when "you just breathe the air," and that it would soon become a worldwide pandemic. At the moment Trump told Woodward these things, on Feb. 7, the president had one job: Persuade the American people to work together to deal effectively with this threat to their health and well-being.  That would mean, in...
    Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images In the pages of Rage, Jared Kushner acknowledges that Donald Trump is not wedded to the truth. Rather, both men find exaggeration a potent weapon in stirring opinion. Asked about the president’s propensity to inflate his achievements, Kushner responds: “Controversy elevates message.” Related: Disloyal review: Michael Cohen’s mob hit on Trump entertains – but will it shift votes? If so, both the president and his son-in-law should be eternally grateful to Bob Woodward, his latest book and the ensuing tumult. By the president’s own tape-recorded admission, he was acutely aware of the dangers posed by Covid-19 but elected to lie about the danger faced by the American public. The plague did not vanish, more than...
    The latest hammer of a book to fall on Donald Trump is Bob Woodward’s soon-to-be-released “Rage,” and it’s his own words that are the issue. According to the book, the president told the veteran Washington Post journalist in March that he publicly minimized the danger of the coronavirus: “I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.” This was after Trump explained to Woodward about a month earlier that the virus is “deadly stuff,” spread through the air and more dangerous than the seasonal flu. The revelations obviously can’t be chalked up to dubious anonymous sources, because Trump said these things himself, in on-the-record, taped interviews — 18...
    Donald Trump admitted to committing second-degree murder through the admission in his interview with journalist Bob Woodward, a former federal prosecutor claims. The president has come under fire for the release of tapes that showed him discussing the severity of the coronavirus in early February, which appeared to contradict statements he made at the time downplaying it and predicting that it would be over soon within the United States. In the snippet of the taped interview, published by CNN this week, Trump said he knew at the time that the coronavirus had an airborne spread and that it was significantly deadlier than the seasonal flu. “It goes through the air,” Trump told Woodward. “That’s always tougher than the touch. You...
    Donald Trump was apparently so excited about spending so much time, opening up to famed Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, that he stopped one of their phone interviews to put his wife, Melania Trump, on the phone. “Honey, I’m talking to Bob Woodward,” Trump said, according to “Rage,” Woodward’s new book about Trump’s presidency in the months of the COVID-19 pandemic. This moment in “Rage,” due for release next week, is shared by the New York Times, CNN and the Daily Mail. The first couple also were in the spotlight Friday when it appeared they each had trouble reciting the Pledge of Allegiance during a memorial for victims of the Sept 11 terrorist attacks in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. A video clip...
    Leading infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci on Friday disputed President Donald Trump's comments that "we have rounded the final turn" of the coronavirus outbreak. "I have to disagree with that, because if you look at ... the statistics ... they are disturbing. We're plateauing at around 40,000 cases a day and the deaths are around a thousand," Fauci told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.[ See: Dr. Anthony Fauci: Fighting the Coronavirus Pandemic 'Is My Entire World.' ]Fauci also said that it could be "well into 2021, maybe even towards the end of 2021" before "getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to Covid." Levels need to be lower, Fauci said, "so that when you go into a...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci said it’s “not a good thing” to downplay a serious threat when asked about the president’s comments early on in the coronavirus pandemic Friday. Andrea Mitchell asked Fauci about President Donald Trump saying the U.S. has “rounded the final turn.” “I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with that,” Fauci said, “because if you look at the thing that you just mentioned, the statistics, Andrea, they are disturbing. We’re plateauing at around 40,000 cases a day. And the deaths are around a thousand.” He talked about the ongoing risks of indoor vs. outdoor events, saying “if we want to get back to the normal existence of being able to enjoy being in a restaurant, the best...
    President Donald Trump bragged to first lady Melania Trump that Bob Woodward was writing a book about him and was still calling the legendary author less than a month ago to try and get additional information in the tome.  In his 392-page book, 'Rage,' Woodward recounts how, during their June 22 phone interview, the president put the first lady on the phone.  'Honey, I'm talking to Bob Woodward,' Trump said. President Donald Trump bragged to first lady Melania Trump that Bob Woodward was writing a book about him Trump was calling legendary author Bob Woodward up to less than a month ago to talk about what was going to be in the book 'Rage' Woodward wrote he mentioned...
    Fox News’ Bret Baier pushed back against President Donald Trump’s campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh on Thursday after he claimed the president said “the same things” to the public about COVID-19 as he did to journalist Bob Woodward. Trump told Woodward that for months he knowingly downplayed the threat COVID-19 posed during interviews for the journalist’s upcoming book. Excerpts of the recordings – which the president reportedly consented to – from the book “Rage” were obtained by CNN and published Wednesday. In the recordings, Trump says that he “wanted to always play it down” and that he still likes “playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.” (RELATED: ‘Political Hit Job’: Trump Responds To Woodward Recordings Showing He Downplayed...
    Heather Digby Parton September 11, 2020 1:31PM (UTC) It figures that Bob Woodward, the man who helped to take down Richard Nixon 45 years ago, would follow up with a big book about Nixon's natural heir to the presidency, Donald Trump. Just as Nixon was undone by tape recordings he foolishly made to document his own corruption, so too Trump foolishly allowed himself to be recorded by Woodward. That's what sets Woodward's book "Rage" apart from all the other Trump books that have come before: We can hear the quotes in Trump's own voice, so he can't get away with calling it fake news. I think most of us who have been observing this surreal presidency for the past four...
    (CNN) — Ante la evidencia innegable de que deliberadamente minimizó la gravedad de la pandemia de coronavirus esta primavera ante un público desesperado por obtener información creíble sobre la amenaza que representa el covid-19, el presidente Donald Trump ha presentado una defensa novedosa que dice algo como esto: si dije que era tan malo, entonces ¿por qué Bob Woodward no lo hizo público en ese momento? «Si Bob Woodward pensó que lo que dije era malo, entonces debería haber acudido inmediatamente a las autoridades para que se prepararan», dijo Trump en una conferencia de prensa oficial de la Casa Blanca en un evento de campaña el jueves por la tarde. Para ser muy claros sobre lo que Trump está diciendo...
    Donald Trump tried Friday, with difficulty, to close the controversy born of the series of interviews granted to journalist Bob Woodward, author of a new explosive book aimed at him. “Why did you lie to the Americans?”: The first question addressed to the American president on the reasons why he, by his own admission, played down the threat of Covid-19, set the tone. “I did not lie! (…) The way you asked this question is a shame”, replied the leader of the first world power, less than 60 days of an election where he will seek a second four-year term against Democrat Joe Biden. “I show strength as a leader,” he continued, very reassured. “There...
    Meghan McCain on Thursday questioned why President Donald Trump sat down with journalist Bob Woodward for interviews totaling 18 hours. "If Bob Woodward said, What did you have for breakfast? I would say, Off the record, Bob, no comment," McCain said Thursday on ABCs "The View." "Then I would call my war room and Id call my spin room and I would say, What does he want, whats going on, and what kind of angle does he have," McCain continued. "Because as Republicans, this is Almost Famous all the time. They are the enemy, and they are here to make you look bad. So, the idea that youre going to let, literally a shark, come into the White House, what do...
    "The View" co-host Meghan McCain declared on Thursday that the media is "the enemy" towards Republicans. While discussing the fallout from Bob Woodward's book "Rage" and his recorded conversations with President Trump, McCain expressed doubt that the revelations about the president calling COVID-19 "deadly" will sway any Trump supporters to Joe Biden, telling her colleague Sunny Hostin that "this won't do it." McCain pointed to the overwhelming "misinformation" that was shared about the disease early on in the pandemic and echoed remarks by White House task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci, who told Fox News on Wednesday that he didn't feel that Trump was "distorting anything" about the coronavirus. "As a conservative, I am always questioning big government. I’m always questioning...
    Celebrities in Hollywood are leading a charge in calling for another impeachment of Donald Trump after excerpts from journalist Bob Woodward’s upcoming book “Rage” contained remarks from the president earlier this year that show him downplaying the threat of the novel coronavirus pandemic in its early stage. According to excerpts of Woodward’s book, which were published Wednesday by the Washington Post, Trump told the journalist during a recorded February telephone interview that the situation regarding the virus was much more dire than he was admitting publicly. At the time, Trump told Woodward that the coronavirus was "deadly stuff" while publicly comparing it to the seasonal flu. More than a month later, on March 19, Trump admitted to Woodward that he "wanted to always play it [the virus] down. "I...
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson blamed Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Wednesday for urging President Donald Trump to participate in taped interviews with Bob Woodward for the veteran journalist’s new book “Rage.” Earlier that day, recordings of Trump privately acknowledging the severe “deadly” threat posed by the new coronavirus as early as February leaked. Despite this knowledge, Trump admitted to playing down the gravity of the situation to the American public in order to prevent “panic.” “I wanted to always play it down,” Trump told Woodward shortly after declaring a national emergency. “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.” Carlson, who has also downplayed the deadliness of the disease, did not address the president’s claims themselves. Instead, he wondered “why in the world” Trump would speak repeatedly with Woodward on tape after refusing interviews for his 2018 book “Fear.” The earlier White House...
    Fox News anchor Bret Baier shot down Trump campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh’s false claim that President Donald Trump was saying the same things in public about the coronavirus as he was telling Bob Woodward in private. On Thursday evening, Baier pushed Murtaugh on the political fallout from the explosive revelations contained in Woodward’s new, inside-the-White-House account, Rage. The Fox host noted that his previous guest, Biden national press secretary, T.J. Ducklo, hammered Trump over his admission that “I wanted to always play it down” to the public even as he was telling the author that Covid-19 was a “deadly virus” that spread via airborne transmission and was much more dangerous than the seasonal flu. “You heard what they said,” Baier...
    Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel chalked up veteran journalist Bob Woodward's revelations about President Trump in his book Rare as an attack by the media. Recordings from Woodward's interviews, which were published Wednesday, have put Trump under scrutiny on a number of issues, including early remarks he made about wanting to downplay the coronavirus pandemic. Woodward also wrote that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats believed Russian President Vladimir Putin "had something" on Trump. The Watergate guru also presented over 25 letters showing the friendly relationship between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. "I think we know that the press is out to get this president right now," McDaniel said Thursday on Fox News's Bill Hemmer...
    Ben Shapiro questioned the wisdom of President Trump allowing himself to be repeatedly interviewed by veteran journalist Bob Woodward after audio excerpts were published by The Washington Post Wednesday. "Who in the hell thought it was a good idea for Trump to talk to Bob Woodward?" the "Ben Shapiro Show" host asked Thursday, later adding that "letting the fox into the henhouse is a really bad idea, particularly with President Trump, who is fond of overstating things. "He is a real estate magnate with a gift for puffery." TRUMP LASHES OUT AT WOODWARD BOOK AS 'POLITICAL HIT JOB' Trump has been criticized after telling Woodward in a Feb. 7 interview that the coronavirus was "deadly stuff" weeks before comparing it to...
    Donald Trump claimed that he was 'genetically' capable of understanding nuclear weapons - because his uncle was a physicist. The President told North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that he knew about his nuclear test sites 'better than any of my people' because his uncle Dr. John Trump taught at MIT. But Dr. Trump's expertise was electrical engineering and there is no indication that Trump sought him out as a tutor. Trump also claimed that he does not need to be black to understand their point of view and can 'fully understand' their perspective - even though he is white. The extraordinary anecdotes are in 'Rage' the new book about Trump by Bob Woodward, the former Washington Post journalist who exposed...
    President Donald Trump for the second day defended his comments to journalist Bob Woodward about downplaying the coronavirus, denying that he lied to the public over the outbreak. [ READ: Trump Defends Comments to Woodward Downplaying Coronavirus ]"I didn't lie. What I said is, 'We have to be calm. We can't be panicked,'" Trump said at a press conference at the White House. He added that if Woodward thought his comments were vital for the public to know, he should have come out with them sooner, suggesting that the journalist agreed nothing was wrong with them. Cartoons on President Donald TrumpView All 932 Images"If Bob Woodward thought that what I said was bad, then he should have immediately, right after I...
    Psychotherapist Elizabeth Mika, who is co-author of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, claimed on Thursday that Donald Trump’s ego has been” seriously harmed” by the recent details from journalist Bob Woodward’s latest book, Rage, Raw Story reported. “Our president tweeted and retweeted self-adulatory content 34 times, so far, in one hour. The narcissistic injury induced by Woodward tapes is severe,” she wrote. “Self-adulatory, contemptuous of his critics, and/or threatening content.” Mike continued to claim that rage is a natural response to such injury. According to the author, narcissistic injuries are a universal experience that damage a person’s sense or self — whether real or false — and self-worth. “They are actually necessary for our development, as they help us...
    Donald Trump on Thursday defended his handling of the coronavirus pandemic after revelations from Bob Woodward's forthcoming book showed the president was more candid about its dangers in private conversations than he was in his public statements. 'I don't want to jump up and down and start screaming death, death,' Trump told reporters at a press briefing at the White House of the tone he took in public in early briefings on the virus. 'Because that's not what it's about. We have to lead a country. We're leading a great country. We're doing a great job.' He only took three questions in his 30-minute news conference and spent most of them attacking the reporters who asked him about Woodward's...
    (CNN)Faced with undeniable evidence that he purposely downplayed the severity of the coronavirus pandemic this spring to a public desperate for credible information about the threat posed by Covid-19, President Donald Trump has come up with a novel defense that goes something like this: If what I said was so bad, then why didn't Bob Woodward go public with it at the time?!"If Bob Woodward thought what I said was bad then he should have immediately, right after I said it, gone out to the authorities so they can prepare," Trump said at a campaign event official White House press conference on Thursday afternoon. Just to be very clear at what Trump is saying here, let's go through it step-by-step:1....
    In an absolute political wipeout of a press conference Thursday, Donald Trump argued that journalist Bob Woodward should have “immediately” warned the American people about how dangerous the coronavirus was, and also admitted that China was more honest about the virus than he was. Asked why he didn’t tell the public the virus was airborne, Trump responded: "If Bob Woodward thought what I said was bad, then he should have immediately, right after I said it, gone out to the authorities so they can prepare and let them know."  In the same bite, Trump argued that "everybody knew it was airborne” in early February, at the time of his interview with Woodward. Everybody didn’t know, but according to Trump, they should have … wait...
    President Donald Trump on Thursday called The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward someone he “respects,” and explained his decision to grant Woodward 18 interviews for his upcoming book on the Trump administration. “Bob Woodward is somebody that I respect just from hearing the name for many, many years,” Trump said at an afternoon press conference. “Not knowing too much about his work, not caring about his work. I thought it would be interesting to talk to him for a period of calls. So we did that.” Woodward’s forthcoming book on Trump’s presidency, Rage, is set for publication on September 15. Excerpts released this week revealed Trump told Woodward in February that he wanted to “play down” the lethality of the coronavirus...
    President Donald Trump told author Bob Woodward he has no responsibility to feel the 'anger and the pain' of African Americans - and then complained he didn't get a lot of love from that group. In his forthcoming book, 'Rage,' Woodward recounts a series of conversations he had with the president about race relations in the United States over some of the 18 interviews they conducted.  Woodward, in a June 19 interview, told Trump they shared a 'white, privileged' background, according to a copy of the book obtained by DailyMail.com.  President Donald Trump told author Bob Woodward he has no responsibility to feel the 'anger and the pain' of African Americans In this White House photo from December...
    President Trump will hold a White House news conference at 3:30 p.m. following revelations in former Watergate journalist Bob Woodward's book Rage. The conference also follows Trump's announcement of 20 new potential nominees for the Supreme Court. News White House Donald Trump
    Travis Gettys September 10, 2020 6:19PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story Among the 18 interviews with veteran reporter Bob Woodward, President Donald Trump admitted that he protected Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud after the murder and coverup of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashogi. BusinessInsider posted the excerpt Thursday from the book in which Trump bragged he "saved his ass," from Congress. "I was able to get Congress to leave him alone. I was able to get them to stop." : In the wake of Khashoggi's murder, Trump went around Congress to sell $8 billion in weapons to the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates because there were protests by officials against rewarding the Crown Prince "The...
    Meghan McCain let loose on President Donald Trump during a heated Thursday segment on ABC’s “The View.” McCain made it abundantly clear that she thought it was a huge misstep for Trump to speak with veteran journalist Bob Woodward at all, much less to give him hours of exclusive interviews for a book in an election year. (RELATED: ‘You Can Watch The Tape’: Meghan McCain And Whoopi Goldberg Trade Barbs During Heated Spat) WATCH: McCain began by saying that President Trump — who can be heard on Woodward’s recently-released audio talking about how he wanted to “downplay” the severity of the coronavirus pandemic in order to prevent panic — was not the only voice spreading misinformation about coronavirus and...
    If you are a Republican, legendary journalist Bob Woodward—and the media as a whole—is the “enemy,” Meghan McCain declared on Thursday. As The View’s lone Republican panelist, McCain weighed in on President Donald Trump’s bombshell admission to Woodward that he intentionally downplayed the coronavirus threat even though he knew in early February that the virus was airborne, highly contagious, and deadlier than “strenuous flus.” Her main takeaway? It was a major mistake for the president to speak to Woodward on-record. “I will say right now a new CBS poll came out saying that 60 percent of the American public distrusts President Trump on the coronavirus, but 65 percent distrust the media,” McCain said. “But going to the initial point of...
    Donald Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows says he would not have advised the president to give interviews to Bob Woodward if he had been in post at the time.  Trump is under pressure after Woodward's interviews revealed how the president played down the threat of the coronavirus despite knowing in February that it was 'deadly stuff'.  The president gave 18 interviews to the Watergate journalist between December and July, while Meadows became his chief of staff in March - telling Fox News that Woodward's access 'is probably something that I would not have recommended had I been in the chief of staff role early on'.  However, Meadows insisted that 'this president was consistent in saying that we needed to do everything...
    Vice President Mike Pence is defending President Donald Trump over his recorded admission of downplaying the coronavirus despite being knowledgeable of the disease’s lethality. In an interview with Fox News’ Sandra Smith on Thursday, Pence shook his head at the notion that Trump misinformed the American public by dismissing Covid-19 after acknowledging the seriousness of the pandemic to Bob Woodward. The vice president faced a multitude of questions on the matter, with Smith asking if he received the briefing where White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien warned Trump, “This will be the biggest national security threat you face in your presidency.” Pence said he was briefed in the Oval Office that day, but then he diverted to Trump’s (incomplete) China travel...
    President Trump defended Bob Woodward (and, in turn, himself) against criticisms that the Watergate sleuth should have released the president's remarks about downplaying the coronavirus sooner. Trump said Woodward did not feel obligated to warn the public about his comments on the severity of the coronavirus early on in the pandemic, which were caught on tape, because he felt there was nothing improper about sharing a desire to play down the health crisis to keep the public calm. "Bob Woodward had my quotes for many months. If he thought they were so bad or dangerous, why didn’t he immediately report them in an effort to save lives? Didn’t he have an obligation to do so? No, because he...