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Trump Changes Story on Assassinating Assad

He now says he wanted to have Syrian leader killed, but 'terrible general' Mattis objected

(Newser) - President Trump slammed former Defense Secretary James Mattis Tuesday—but also backed up a report he had criticized Bob Woodward for writing in 2018. Trump told Fox & Friends that he wanted to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2017, but Mattis objected. "I would have rather taken him... More »

Woodward: Trump Blew Chance to Warn About COVID

'Historians are going to be writing about the lost month of February for tens of years'

(Newser) - Bob Woodward says that when he was researching new book Rage, he was shocked to realize that President Trump blew a major opportunity to warn the public about the pandemic. Woodward told NBC Monday that Trump was briefed on the virus threat Jan. 28, but failed to share the warnings... More »

Woodward Mounts His 'Deadly Stuff' Defense

The legendary reporter is asked why he didn't inform the public sooner

(Newser) - A revelation in Bob Woodward's new book is coming back to haunt him—but he insists he had his reasons, the Washington Post reports. In Rage, Woodward writes that President Trump called COVID-19 "deadly stuff" back in February but chose not to tell the public because he didn'... More »

Trump Responds to Reporter's Accusation: 'I Didn't Lie'

President also calls Bob Woodward a 'whack job' at Michigan campaign rally

(Newser) - President Trump continued on Thursday to defend his interviews with Bob Woodward , whom he had some harsh words for. Earlier in the day, at a White House press conference, Trump snapped at a reporter following up on the Woodward tapes, apparently referencing a recording made in February in which Trump... More »

Amid Criticism, Trump Poses a Question About Woodward

Why didn't he publish sooner? Because it's a non-story, says the president

(Newser) - President Trump went into friendlier territory Wednesday night—Sean Hannity's show on Fox News —to defend his interviews with Bob Woodward . On the show, he repeated his rationale for deliberately downplaying the seriousness of the coronavirus threat. "I'm the leader of the country, I can't... More »

Woodward Defends Withholding Trump Virus Remarks

Journalist argues full context was necessary

(Newser) - Bob Woodward has defended his decision to include President Trump's comments on the coronavirus in his upcoming book, rather than in an earlier news story, and he said it was a decision based on two factors. "The biggest problem I had, which is always a problem with Trump,... More »

Woodward: Kushner Said 4 Texts Help Explain Trump

One of them was Alice in Wonderland

(Newser) - Jared Kushner apparently sometimes feels like he's down the rabbit hole. In upcoming book Rage, Bob Woodward says President Trump's son-in-law told him Alice in Wonderland was one of four texts he should "absorb" if he wanted to understand the president, CNN reports. Woodward wrote that Kushner... More »

Trump: 'Perhaps' I Misled Public on COVID-19 Threat

'I love our country and I don't want people to be frightened'

(Newser) - President Trump admitted Wednesday that he may have misled the public about the threat COVID-19—but he said he had good reasons. His remarks followed the release of recordings from earlier this year in which he told Bob Woodward he had downplayed the virus threat . Asked Wednesday afternoon if he... More »

Trump to Woodward in February: COVID Is 'Deadly Stuff'

He admitted downplaying the risk to the public

(Newser) - The coronavirus is "deadly stuff," President Trump told Bob Woodward in a Feb. 7 phone call, recounting a conversation with China's President Xi Jinping. "I think [Xi's] going to have it in good shape," he begins but allows that it's a "very... More »

Woodward Gets His Hands on 25 'Personal' Trump-Kim Letters

Bob Woodward's 'Rage' is coming out September 15

(Newser) - President Trump and Kim Jong Un have been writing each other letters—and 25 of them are about to hit the presses. That's according to the publisher of Bob Woodward's second book about the Trump presidency, titled Rage. The personal letters "have not been public before,"... More »

Trump Rages Online Against Woodward's 'Made Up' Quotes

President calls journalist's new book a 'scam'

(Newser) - He's already gone after Bernstein —now he's taking on Woodward full force. Piggybacking on his previous online criticism of the Washington Post journalist from earlier this week, President Trump on Friday once more attacked Woodward's new book, Fear , which contains explosive claims about dysfunctional life inside... More »

Trump Fires Back at 'Discredited' Woodward

He accuses journalist of being 'Dem operative'

(Newser) - Bob Woodward might be feeling a sense of deja vu today: An angry Republican president is attacking his credibility and accusing him of being a Democratic operative. President Trump laid into Woodward in a series of tweets Tuesday night after the publication of explosive details from Fear , Woodward's new... More »

Woodward's Book: Aides Stole Papers From Trump's Desk

'Washington Post' has details from the upcoming book, 'Fear'

(Newser) - In late July the Washington Post reported Bob Woodward had secretly been working on a new book on President Trump called Fear, and now the paper is back with details from it. The 448-page book is the product of many interviews conducted on "deep background," meaning Woodward doesn'... More »

Woodward's New Book, Called Fear, Is About Trump

'Fear: Trump in the White House' to be released Sept. 11

(Newser) - Bob Woodward is releasing his 19th book, and it's one the investigative journalist has spent the past 19 months on—somehow without most people being aware of that fact, the Washington Post reports. Simon & Schuster will release Fear: Trump in the White House, on Sept. 11; a release... More »

Meanwhile, WHCA Holds Glam-Free Dinner

No Trump and Sam Bee's competing roast siphon the usual celebrity element away

(Newser) - Prominent Washington journalists, if not Hollywood stars, celebrated the First Amendment during the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, an event that lacked the glitter of past years. With President Trump sending his regrets , attention was no longer focused on an in-person roasting of the commander in chief and his humorous... More »

Nixon Note Exposes Lie About Vietnam Bombing

He knew it was accomplishing nothing, continued it anyway

(Newser) - A newly released note reveals a pretty big presidential lie, the Washington Post reports. As Richard Nixon was in the beginning stages of running for re-election, anti-Vietnam War sentiment was strong in the US, and Nixon was looking for a way to settle the conflict without it being labeled a... More »

McCain: ISIS Is 'Winning and We're Not'

But US effort still in 'early stages': Susan Rice

(Newser) - "They're winning, and we're not," says John McCain in his assessment of the American effort against the Islamic State. "The Iraqis are not winning. The Peshmerga, the Kurds are not winning." The Arizona Republican wants American boots on the ground to better coordinate airstrikes,... More »

'Deep Throat' Garage to Meet Its End

Will be razed, with residential, commercial properties set to replace it

(Newser) - The Virginia garage that played a key role in the Watergate investigation—where journalist Bob Woodward met with "Deep Throat"—is due to be demolished, Reuters reports. The Arlington County Board made a unanimous decision Saturday to allow a pair of 1960s office buildings, which include the parking... More »

Developer to Demolish Watergate Parking Garage

Submits plans to raze 'Deep Throat' meeting site that undid a presidency

(Newser) - A little bit of American history looks to be destined for the rubble heap. A developer in Rosslyn, Virginia, has submitted plans to tear down the parking garage where "Deep Throat"—aka FBI agent Mark Felt —told his secrets to Bob Woodward, reports the ArlNow blog. Unless... More »

GOP Shreds White House 'Cronyism,' 'Intimidation'

Republicans, administration spar over series of scandals

(Newser) - The GOP pulled no punches in lambasting the Obama administration over the series of scandals—ranging from the IRS to Benghazi and the AP—dogging it of late. On Benghazi, Mitch McConnell says he wants "the investigations to go forward," because clearly the White House "made up... More »

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