President Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to North Dakota on Friday, "I would say Jeff [Sessions] should be investigating who the author of that piece was because I really believe it's national security". Which means that when he talks, you should listen.
Asked later whether the White House would list all the things in Woodward's book that are wrong, Sanders said such an exercise "would be a complete and utter waste of our time, so no".
Showing a "lack of basic understanding" about how federal debt works, Trump suggested that they should "just go borrow a lot of money, hold it, and then sell it to make money".
Earlier, Trump said he would pen his own book with the real story of his accomplishments.
Porter, who left the White House in February after two ex-wives leveled abuse allegations against him, is mentioned repeatedly in Woodward's book.
Army Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, also said that a particular conversation cited in Bob Woodward's new book "Fear: Trump in the White House" on Trump's alleged demand to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad never happened. Porter described Woodward's chapters as offering a "selective and often misleading portrait", specifically rebuffing a passage that claims Cohn snatched a document from Mr. Trump's desk that would have pulled the USA out of a trade agreement with South Korea. But Woodward found himself reprising the reporting tactics he deployed at the start of his career, before he was the nation's most famous investigative reporter and the author now of 19 books.
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Woodward's reporting has some critics. "He's called this 'fraudulent, '" Guthrie said to Woodward.
Controversy on his credibility is not a new issue for Woodward. And Trump just would not come down from that moment, and announced [to anyone listening] that he was the president of the United States: He could fire anyone.
"There were drafts of a proposal to get out of the Paris climate accord that were removed from the president's desk", Woodward says.
Trump also insisted that the White House is a "smooth running machine". He began his presidency cocooned from the news and has grown only more so - seemingly (if his Twitter feed is an accurate representation) primarily watching Fox News at this point.
The few appearances Pence makes in Woodward's book are in scenes with others who presumably provided the details.
"It doesn't seem to be anybody very high up because everybody very high up has already said, 'It wasn't me, '" Trump said.