“It has been known for a while that this was going to be something … something needed to be dealt with,” said an official. “It was estimated that it would probably be worse than the other [earlier] Wooden book. ”
The sense of impending awe stood in sharp contrast to how the president initially felt about Woodward Anger, Which concerns Trump dealing with a range of high-stakes national security issues in addition to the coronovirus epidemic. President Trump was “delighted” about the prospect of sitting for an interview with Woodward, according to a White House official, and recalled some of his conversations with Famous Washington Post Journalist.
Trump eventually spoke with Woodward 18 times for the book. And at some point on the way, his heart changes, he is convinced that Woodward is using him. Trump then started furiously tweeting the very reporters with whom he was so distraught to go on the record.
“The Bob Woodward book will be a FAKE, as always, as many others have done,” the president tweeted, seemingly out of the blue last month. Later that month, Trump called back to blast the veteran reporter as a “social pretender” who “never said anything good.”It is not clear when, in fact, Trump decided that the Woodward book might prove harmful. According to a person with direct knowledge, Trump said privately before sitting down for an interview with Woodward that one reason he looked eager to do so was because of how “fair” the journalist was to him on the issue of “Russian collusion” . However, at the end of last month, this source reminded the president that the then-upcoming Woodward book would be filled with “fake stories” and that the author was a “big clue”. The source did not recall any of the stories or quotes Trump gave directly to Woodward.
Damage done by AngerThis was just a clearly released moment after the first stories about the book were published, in which the White House struggled to defend and find a coherent one.
In a briefing on Wednesday, White House press secretary Kayle McNee said “TrumpNever let the virus downVoward quoted Trump as saying in early February that he knew it was deadly and airborne. Less than an hour later, Trump himself admitted that he had actually brought down the epidemic, silencing people he believes expressed alarm to Americans about the disease.
“Well, as you said, to reduce the panic, maybe that’s the case,” Trump said if he reduced the severity of the epidemic. “The fact is, I am doing a cheer for this country. I love my country, and I do not want people to be afraid. As you say, I do not want to create terror. Certainly I am not taking this country or the world into a frenzy. “
The remarks were part of a spate of moments on Wednesday with White House aides who convinced the president that it was a good idea to sit down with Woodward. Among those who made the decision was Trump’s confidant Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who admitted in a brief interview with The Daily Beast that he had recommended to the president that he be long Talk Washington Post Accountant.
“Yes. The last book Woodward wrote, Trump said he didn’t know he wanted to do the interview,” Graham recalled. “So I said, well, the man is a famous presidential writer. And, you know, you got a chance to tell your side of the story. The President agreed and you went there. ”
Graham rejected the idea that Trump had publicly removed the epidemic. “Thoughts,” he said, “the president says we’re not all going to die, I think smart.” But the public reaction to the Woodward book was yet another example of how often the president and his team are working on separate planes, Trump relied on his ability to BS through any crisis and his colleagues often take Left for. Shit.
The president has often felt that his interviews have been successful even when he has been widely panned by others, including his own senior advisors, such as vain, self-aggressor, or vice versa. During the summer – Trump made an argument about coronovirus death statistics, based on self-parody – the president told a number of individuals close to him about how the Q&A turned out, and according to two he did some fantastic TV How to make People familiar with his personal comments.
A source said, “They said it went very well and Biden could never stand for that type of inquiry.” “He wasn’t crazy about it at all.”
The possibility of such self-assurance contributed to Trump’s decision to sit with Woodward. So Trump also reacted to Woodward’s first book on the Presidency. Although it made some revelations about Trump’s neglect of important foreign policy issues, that work was titled Fear-Vas was seen as a dood who lacked a literary punch or several shocking surprises about the president’s first year in the White House. Former senior Trump Rob Porter has also been criticized for conspiring to commit a conspiracy on one of the big scandals of the administration’s first several years, elaborating on White House activities, while allegations of misconduct caused by Porter’s departure But barely noticed.
Trump, as noted by Graham, never sat down with Woodward Fear, A decision that was notable in the restraint he showed. The longtime investigative journalist has shut down many White House with his work – though his portrayal of George W. Bush Bush in war Was seen as somewhat sympathetic. And, generally, the presidents and their teams decide that Woodward is better off playing the ball to take away the chip after the source finally breaks his silence.
“Yes, you always have to talk to them,” said Robert Gibbs, former White House President Barack Obama’s press secretary. “Woodward is a brilliant journalist. He reconstructs meetings like a puzzle. He knows it all before starting the interview. But the book is not a heroic saga. It is almost always something about governance to survive by putting some context around the mess process. ”
But fraction Anger The suggestion that this would probably be one of Woodward’s more entertaining presidential lessons would be similar to his dismantling of the Nixon White House and the Reagan-era CIA investigation.
In addition to the president’s on-record comments about the severity of the impending coronavirus epidemic in February, Anger Description Trump’s close ties to the brutal North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, as well as the director of private (and unsupported) former national intelligence Dan Kot, are suspected by Russia to have given damaging information on Trump. The book lists the full extent of the White House’s knowledge of the White House’s inaction of the epidemic and the sting of the pandemonium earlier in the year for the federal government’s inaction during the critical months for the spread of the virus in the United States.
In fact, many of the book’s revelations are fairly new in that media critics and journalists wonder whether Woodward should soon disclose Trump’s warnings about the epidemic to shock the public into understanding the severity of the impending coronavirus epidemic. .
In an email to The Daily Beast, A Washington Post The spokesman said that the reason the information was not disclosed earlier in the paper was that Woodward’s “book work is done independently from The Post,” and that the paper has received copies in recent times The contents of the book were not known until.