"We're certainly focused on things that actually matter, and the staff that is here to do their job and not undermine the work that this president and this administration has done", she said. "You walk around this place and act like you're in charge, and you're not".
Trump had some unusual idea about the national debt: Another anecdote involving Cohn, the former director of the National Economic Council, claims that Trump suggested printing money to pay off the national debt: "Just run the presses - print money", the Woodward book quotes Trump as saying. Trump himself has shown little willingness to let Woodward's claims go by the wayside, tweeting the famed Watergate journalist "is a liar who is like a Dem operative prior to the midterms".
Trump tweeted Monday that he has been subjected to "Phony books, articles and TV "hits" like no other pol has had to endure".
The Post's Parker noted the conundrum for the White House, which is trying to dispatch Trump only to red parts of the country to campaign, but the effort to target the president is undone by the commander-in-chief's Twitter account.
Woodward says top staffers in President Donald Trump's administration "are not telling the truth" when they deny incendiary quotes about Trump attributed to them in his new book.
"I think there are people in there that he can trust, it's just-it's a much smaller group than I would like it to be", he said. Democrats can't stand losing.
Bob Woodward has drawn President Donald Trump's ire in recent weeks ahead of the release of the veteran journalist's book about the inner workings of the White House.
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Woodward's reporting has some critics.
WOODWARD: I know from my reporting that these are true.
Asked whether he thinks any laws were broken, Trump Jr. said: "Listen, I think you're subverting the will of the people".
Controversy on his credibility is not a new issue for Woodward. Even before the publication date Tuesday, thanks to pre-orders "Fear" was the No. 1 bestseller in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany.
"The idea that the Secretary of Defense has to tell the president that all of these actions are created to prevent the ultimate catastrophe", Woodward said. Now, at age 75, Woodward is pursuing another embattled president, this one leading a tumultuous administration and awaiting the judgment of a special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
And at one point, the president agrees.
Woodward dismissed their written statements as unpersuasive.
Woodward avoided using the word "lying", saying instead.