Earlier this week, the blitz of coverage accompanying veteran Watergate reporter Bob Woodward's new book "Fear: Trump in the White House", confirmed things that most Americans either knew or long suspected about an unstable chief executive who is routinely derided by his most senior advisers.
Woodward, whose new book Fear: Trump in the White House hits bookstores on Tuesday, described the incident in the interview with CBS as the most risky moment of Trump's nuclear standoff with North Korea, the news agency said.
"Some of the things Trump did, and does, jeopardize the real national security", Woodward said.
Calling it a "two-track" presidency, the author said Trump works on his own agenda, while others in the administration take actions they believe are in the best interest of the country.
"A number of people have come out and said Woodward never even reached out to corroborate, which seems incredibly reckless for a book to make such outrageous claims, to not even get a $10 fact checker", Sanders said.
In another part of the book, Mattis allegedly said that Trump had the understanding of a "fifth- or sixth-grader" of the situation on the Korean peninsula. Multiple officials, including Mike Pence, have denied writing the piece, with the vice president stating that he would be willing to take a lie detector test to prove it wasn't him.
Trump responded to the op-ed in the same way the White House has been responding to the damning new book by Bob Woodward: by outlining his administration's accomplishments and touting the strength of the economy.
The anonymous writer goes on to denounce Trump's "mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the 'enemy of the people, ' and says his "impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic".
That said, consider what we are talking about here: One of the two reporters primarily responsible for a series of stories detailing corruption at the highest level of the Nixon government and a man who has spent the last four decades reporting and chronicling how each successive president since Nixon has dealt with the enormous challenges of the office, is now suggesting that what he saw in the Trump White House is unlike what he's seen before. Trump tweeted Monday prior to the Woodward interview.
"Have you ever done one of these books, know you talked to a source and the source comes out publicly after the publication and says, 'That's not true, '" Guthrie asked. Democrats can't stand losing.
"These are political statements to protect their jobs ― totally understandable", Woodward said on NBC's "Today". "[The book describes] specific people on specific dates".
At a National Security Council meeting, Trump disregarded the significance of the USA military presence on the Korean Peninsula, including an intelligence operation that allows officials to detect North Korean missile launches within seconds.
Trump has said the Justice Department should investigate and unmask the anonymous author. "It gives a time, who participated". And if Democrats, by some chance, are able to sink the confirmation of Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh-who, most likely, will be confirmed-the president's mood will become even worse.