Who Is Bob Woodward? From Watergate to His New Book 'Fear'


Since his reporting for the Washington Post with Carl Bernstein led former President Richard Nixon to resign in the mid-1970's rather than face impeachment, Woodward has won two Pulitzer Prizes and authored 18 best-selling books.

Woodward's book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", opens with a dramatic anecdote about Cohn sneaking into the Oval Office and stealing a one-page draft letter proposing to pull the USA out of a trade deal with South Korea.

Trump and the White House, along with numerous senior officials including Defense Secretary James Mattis and chief of staff John Kelly, strongly disputed the book's content.

Woodward declined to name the official and said he wasn't pleased with the official's public statement. But Woodward has already surpassed pro-Trump tomes like "The Russia Hoax" and Trump take-downs like "Unhinged". "I think that's a shame".

While Trump was correct that many private businesses issue debt at a time of low interest rates, Cohn was "astounded at Trump's lack of basic understanding" about what the government borrowing would mean, Woodward wrote.

"We're certainly focused on things that actually matter, and the staff that is here to do their job and not undermine the work that this president and this administration has done", she said.

"The Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources", Trump wrote. According to Woodward, Trump made this comment during a Situation Room meeting in the White House on July 19 past year, almost three weeks after he had a very successful meeting with Modi at the White House on June 26.

Don Jr. offered his own theory on who was behind last week's opinion piece, which claimed White House staff are deliberately frustrating numerous president's orders.

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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.

That's about as close as we get to either of them directly addressing a key detail, but Porter mostly seems to be disputing it on a technicality.

He described the current and former Trump officials who talked to him as "people of conscience, people of courage who said, 'Look, the world needs to know this'".

Based on several anonymous White House sources, Woodward's book provides insight into the White House's dysfunctional attempts to effect policy, and the transgender military ban is no exception. But I really appreciate their statement.

Mattis, and multiple other administration officials, have denied the comments attributed to them in "Fear".

What's going on in the Trump administration - and I said this to the president when I called last month - I said, "We are at a pivot point in history".

During the meeting at Trump Tower in November 2016, Cohn touched on a series of economic issues, including the Federal Reserve.