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

The author goes on to state that they are ideologically sympathetic to the Republican party ideals of free trade and cutting red tape for business but they are working against Trump because they believe the President to be amoral, fickle and incompetent.

During the interview, Woodward, an associate editor at The Washington Post, defended his reporting in light of denials of material in the book attributed to White House Chief of Staff John F Kelly and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. "I am proud to serve as a member of President Trump's Cabinet to advocate on behalf of America's 30 million small businesses".

Mattis would leave his post sometime over the next few months, according to the daily.

And, quite frankly, if there was a person in the White House or in the administration who wanted to tell me what's in that op-ed piece I would say 'OK, name me who was there.

"The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us". But now he has every reason to wonder what Mattis is saying behind his back. "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".

But those who have praised the actions of the op-ed writer, and officials mentioned in Woodward's book who appear to be acting to contain an impulsive President, counter that senior officials may be acting to protect the Constitution itself from Trump's attacks.

According to Woodward, Porter asked the president if the tweet might provoke Kim, to which he replied "it's leader versus leader".

"The incidents are not anonymous", Woodward said. Trump needs a Kavanaugh confirmation badly, as it would help to rally his hardcore far-right base and the Christian Right in the midterms.

"The people who are willing to talk are people of conscience, people of courage, people who said, 'Look, the world needs to know this.' If you don't think it's risky for somebody to answer the questions and give the real details, it is", Woodward said on NBC's "Today" show.

It has been clear for some time that Trump was unlikely to agree to a voluntary interview. We are disappointed, but not surprised, that the paper chose to publish this pathetic, reckless, and selfish op-ed.

On Friday, Trump said he wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate and uncover the identity of the individual who authored the opinion piece.

"I don't know who it is", Woodward says.

The assertions in the column were largely in line with complaints about Trump's behavior that have repeatedly been raised by various administration officials, often speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Porter, whose pedigree includes Harvard Law and being a Rhodes Scholar, described in the book efforts to manage Trump by working the tempo beyond swiping of documents. For many in Trump's orbit, it was stunning to realize just how many people could have been the op-ed's author.

  • Leroy Wright