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The anonymous official, identified only as "a senior official in the Trump administration", launched a almost unprecedented attack on the President in the op-ed, saying Trump's "erratic" and "amoral" behaviour is "detrimental" to America's health.

Cohn was reportedly "astounded at Trump's lack of basic understanding", according to Woodward, and suggested that the President perhaps add 50-year and 100-year bonds to the US Treasury's offerings if he really wanted a solution to our increasing deficits.

Fear, which hit bookstores on Tuesday, paints a harrowing picture of the chaos within the White House, and tells how senior Trump administration officials attempt to reign in the president's worst impulses.

In another, Woodward recounts how White House Chief of Staff John Kelly frequently became angry and told colleagues that he thought the President was "unhinged".

Other administration officials have issued even more scathing statements and some denials about Woodward's book, although Woodward said denials by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and chief of staff John Kelly are untrue.

Bob Woodward and Donald Trump spoke by phone in August. "So I think it's - in a sense - the wrong phrase".

"Things are more hidden", Woodward said.

"We're certainly focused on things that actually matter", Sanders said on Monday afternoon.

Trump tweeted that "the Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources". "This is a war on truth by [Trump]", Woodward claimed.

Woodward claimed that "the incidents are not anonymous" even if the sources were because he provided dates, times and "who participates - most often the president himself, and what he says".

The back-and-forth over the debt was just the first clash between Cohn and Trump on economic policy, according to Woodward's book. "It's critical: Who is this person and why are they masking themselves in this way? I wish the people could see the real facts - and our country is doing GREAT!", Trump tweeted on September 7.

And then the bombshell New York Times anonymous an op-ed titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration" created a storm another the Trump administration.

"The suggestion that materials were "stolen" from the president's desk to prevent his signature misunderstands how the White House document review process works-and has worked for at least the last eight administrations". "We're told the book is based on hundreds of hours of interviews, most of which were taped with the consent of the source". Both that article, and Woodward's book, state that Priebus told Trump that Pence was prepared to step up with Condoleezza Rice as his running mate if Trump withdrew.

Controversy on his credibility is not a new issue for Woodward.

He realized then - he was right - that once you have a special counsel with this unlimited authority, essentially unlimited time, going after you, they're going to look under every rock.

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