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Woodward: Trump Is 'Detached' From Reality, Jeopardizes National Security

Woodward: Trump Is 'Detached' From Reality, Jeopardizes National Security

"Well, I don't know", Woodward told Dana Perino during her show, The Daily Briefing, on Wednesday after she told him several sources told her the book has caused mistrust between the president and the retired United States Marine Corps general.

Trump was convinced not to send out the tweet in part after Secretary of Defence James Mattis told him those personnel are there "in order to prevent World War III", according to the book.

Who knows what impact the book will have in the long run, but it seems to confirm the allegations made by an anonymous Trump official in The New York Times and other negative depictions that belie Trump's claims that his White House runs like a "well-oiled machine".

Case in point, one excerpt reveals the newly appointed National Economic Council director Gary Cohn's "I've had a huge mistake" moment in his first meeting with then president-elect Trump.

Indeed, the op-ed and the book both hammer home almost identical points about Trump's need for adult supervision, his penchant to do things at the spur of the moment, without being "derailed by forethought", his risky and impulsive inclinations, and so on. After all, Colbert manages to work in plenty of Woodward's bona fides during the interview, including how many books he's written (Fear is number 19), his Pulitzers (two), and how many presidents he's covered (nine).

"This is the ninth, and I've never seen this kind of active effort - and to be able to report it authoritatively - while the president is still in office". The author uses every trick in the book to demean and belittle.

Fear is set to be released on September 11, and as of Tuesday morning was already the fifth best-selling book on Amazon for the year, just ahead of former FBI Director James Comey's A Higher Loyalty.

"Fear: Trump in the White House" hits USA bookstores on Tuesday after a weeklong buildup, with published excerpts, leaks and interviews that portray Trump as dangerously erratic and uninformed.

"Well, the book is already out", he said.

Although "Fear" did not land in bookstores until Tuesday, the president spent the past week assailing the book as a "fraud, a "scam, a "joke", a "fiction" and a "con on the public". "It's unfair. Now everybody's saying I'm going to be impeached". Woodward reported on the scandal. This, during a conversation on Afghanistan, during which Trump also said, according to Woodward, that Modi told him the USA had "gotten nothing out of Afghanistan". Woodward also writes that Trump refused to send any additional aid.

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.