Woodward said he was "deeply surprised" when Trump announced tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and other countries. Similarly, The New York Times op-ed prompted a parade of statements from top administration officials denying responsibility. "The things that Trump did and does jeopardizes the real national security".
His new book, "Fear", the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter's account of the White House's inner workings. While the president expressed annoyance that Barack Obama was taking credit for the nation's economic success, he told one adviser that the former president's increased visibility would give Trump more chances to attack a figure who remained very unpopular with his base.
"People who work for him are anxious - that he will sign things or give orders that threaten the national security or financial security of the country or of the world", Woodward told 'CBS Sunday Morning'.
When Reince Priebus, the then chief of staff, said the Camp David meet was "not in the cards", Mr. McMaster is said to have flown into a rage.
Trump, he said, invites a robust debate among aides and has confidence in his advisers, even when they disagree.
"The Woodward book is a scam", Trump said.
In response, Woodward circles back to something he discussed earlier in the interview, namely Trump's complete inability to accept new information.
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"Thank God the tweet did not go out", said Woodward, who described it as another example of Trump's "back-of-the-envelope policymaking" that eventually led to Kelly sending out a memo affirming these "fly-by-night" decisions would no longer be considered final, instead requiring formal documents signed by the president.
Moreover, the book can hardly be said to be strictly objective.
Woodward's book is now available through third-party sellers on Amazon but displays a shipping estimate of "one to three weeks", implying a serious shortage of copies.
It also says that in late 2017, Trump almost sent a tweet about withdrawing "all United States military dependents - thousands of family members of 28,500 troops" from South Korea.
Moreover, he said when the president berates a writer as big as Woodward it doesn't affect the writer much but those insults say a lot about Trump.
Set for public release Tuesday, "Fear" has thrown an already chaotic White House into disarray. Such gaps in explanation point to the author's political agenda, which the media has seriously misrepresented as being anti-Trump.