Sarah Sanders calls for investigation into anonymous op-ed author

11 September, 2018, 05:12 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Trump says he doesn't talk the way Woodward portrays him

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday defended President Donald Trump's call for action against the New York Times for its anonymous anti-Trump op-ed. Both deny the statements.

Throughout the interview, after accusing Trump of waging a "war on the truth", Woodward brought up anecdote after anecdote (all of them second-hand from anonymous sources) to paint a picture of an out-of-touch, almost insane commander-in-chief who is "detached from reality".

US President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with automobile leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017.

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.

During an interview on the "Today" show Monday morning, co-host Savannah Guthrie asked Woodward if Kelly and Mattis were "lying" when they denied their portrayals in his book.

"They are not telling the truth".

He added: "'These are political statements to protect their jobs, totally understandable".

FILE - White House chief of staff John Kelly, left, and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway laugh before the start of a news conference.

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That claim aside, people inside the West Wing say the identity of the writer remains a topic of heated discussion as reports emerged that a list of possible authors had been drawn up.

"The Woodward book is a scam", Trump said.

Sanders replied that if an individual is trying to undermine the presidency and is potentially attending meetings where national security is being discussed, "that would certainly be problematic and something the Department of Justice should look into". "The idea that a secretary of defense has to tell the president that all of these actions are created to prevent the ultimate catastrophe and then Mattis goes on and says, you know, that if we don't keep these programs, which are very sensitive, the only deterrent option we have would be the nuclear option".

"You crank out the great Washington denial machine", he says.

The book also quotes Mattis, after a contentious National Security Council meeting on January 19, as saying Trump acted like and had the understanding of "a fifth or sixth-grader". "I don't even know why any of us are here".

He said Mattis went on to say that "If we don't keep these programs. the only deterrent option we have will be the nuclear option". In a recorded phone call released by the Washington Post, Trump tells Woodward he never received an interview request, and he would've liked to have spoken to him.

And here's Woodward fighting to bring back the status quo, to argue for the way things are supposed to be done, even though that way has been a disaster for everyday Americans over the last 25 or so years. "Bob Woodward is a liar who is like a Dem operative prior to the Midterms".

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