The former Goldman Sachs president was attempting to explain why the Federal Reserve rates would probably increase during his first term in office, but he was left "astounded" by Trump's stupidity, according to the book. Trump tweeted Monday prior to the Woodward interview. If all else fails, Trump could easily exploit the Idlib crisis to reinvent himself as a humanitarian.
On Friday, President Trump said he knows of "four or five" people who could've been behind the op-ed, which described a plot within his administration of "many" senior officials who are "working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations". Fellow Watergate figure John Dean, the White House attorney who ultimately provided damaging evidence against Nixon, said Trump could be in a similar situation after his own White House lawyer sat down with Mueller's investigators for more than 30 hours.
The book has caused controversy as it reportedly portrays Trump as chaotic, mercurial and uninformed.
Trump's economic adviser Gary Cohn removed papers from the president's desk to stop him from withdrawing from KORUS, according to Woodward's reporting. The book is full of testimonials from Porter, suggesting that he was more influential than was probably the case. The author uses every trick in the book to demean and belittle.
In response, Woodward circles back to something he discussed earlier in the interview, namely Trump's complete inability to accept new information.
Woodward could have easily concluded his book with a series of policy recommendations, such as calling for an end to Trumpian nepotism. The depth of dysfunction inside the White House.
Mr Mattis also issued a statement, re-tweeted at least twice by Mr Trump, saying, "The contemptuous words about the president attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence". The likes of Mattis and Tillerson repeatedly defended the Iran nuclear deal to no avail, as the forces opposed to the normalization of relations with Iran prevailed. He's the nonfiction book critic at The Washington Post and, over the past few years, has emerged as one of the most astute, thoughtful and insightful writers on the people who write and think about politics.
Honestly, Colbert's first question, about how on Earth people still think it's a good idea to talk to Woodward, is probably one that a lot of people have.