While Trump said he believed Woodward had "always been fair" in the phone conversation, he immediately went on the defense Tuesday and continued to criticize the book in a tweet after Sanders' interview on "Good Morning America" Wednesday.
Mr Trump says quotes attributed to Mr Mattis and Mr Kelly were "made up frauds, a con on the public. He wanted to write the book a certain way".
It's also true, however, that the reporter has unrivalled access to the corridors of power, and the general Washington consensus is it's better to talk to him than not, since your colleagues - and enemies - are certainly giving him their side of the story.
- In the book, Woodward confirms NBC News reporting from April that Chief of Staff John Kelly had called Trump an "idiot" and thought of himself as someone who was personally helping to save the us from disaster. He added, "He and I both know this story is total BS".
Mr Cohn later claimed that Mr Trump did not even notice that it was missing.
As a matter of fact, Trump did speak to Woodward, in a lengthy interview in April that was posted to YouTube.
The session happened in January, according to Woodward, and during it Trump contradicted himself repeatedly and eventually got angry. It's pointless to try to convince him of anything.
The US president's senior aides are also quoted expressing fears that he could come across as a "goddamn dumbbell" and has gone "off the rails".
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The Bachelor in Paradise star also told Tia not to settle for anything less than the world, saying that's what she deserved. Despite the backlash, the 26-year-old does have a number of supporters. "And I wish her all the best".
The book says the US President's former economic adviser, Gary Cohn, removed a letter about a trade agreement with South Korea because he thought it was a threat to national security.
"I assume that means it's going to be a negative book", the president replies.
But after publication of the book Trump challenged Woodward's integrity. Dowd fluctuated between credulity and outrage, at one point telling Trump after an especially trying meeting with Mueller that the president may have been right about the special counsel all along. Woodward claimed he went on: "He's this dumb southerner [who] couldn't even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama". "And I'm not going to sit there and let him look like an idiot".
John Dowd, who was the main outside lawyer representing Trump in Mueller's Russian Federation probe, reportedly told the special counsel in March that he wanted to stop Trump from testifying in the Russian Federation probe because "I'm not going to sit there and let him look like an idiot".
Woodward, who based his book on hundreds of hours of interviews with key players in the Trump administration, claimed some of these figures had deliberately protected the United States from its president, by ignoring his often intemperate orders.
And Woodward contends Mattis once corrected Trump when he alleged the late Sen.
"The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence", says the general's statement. Cohn, according to Woodward, views the president as a "professional liar".
President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening amped up his attacks on veteran journalist Bob Woodward, baselessly suggesting he is a Democratic operative because his new book portrays chaos and dysfunction inside the White House.
"We have begun BUILDING THE WALL".
Woodward's work also comes weeks after former White House aide and "Apprentice" contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman published an expose on her time in the West Wing, including audio recordings of her firing by Kelly and a follow-up conversation with the president in which he claimed to have been unaware of Kelly's decision. "Democrats want OPEN BORDERS which equals MASSIVE CRIME".