Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward said a ‘key’ person in President Donald Trump’s administration called him to privately confirm the details in his book ‘Fear’ are ‘1,000 percent true’ – and then later publicly trashed the tome.
Woodward recounted the story in an interview for The New York Times’ podcast ‘The Daily.’
‘After the information in ‘Fear’ started breaking last week, one key person who’s in office called and said ‘Everyone knows what you said here is true. It’s 1,000 percent correct,’ Woodward said. ‘And then this person has said some public things that contradict that.’
Bob Woodward said a ‘key’ person in Trump’s administration called him to privately confirm the details in his book ‘Fear’ are ‘1,000 percent true’
The newly released book ‘Fear’ by Bob Woodward is displayed at a Barnes and Noble bookstore
President Donald Trump has called Woodward a ‘liar’
He declined to name a name but said he wasn’t happy about the situation.
‘And I’m not happy but I have a smile on face because the truth in all of this is going to emerge,’ Woodward said. ‘There’s too much evidence, too many witnesses.’
Trump and many of his senior aides have publicly condemned the book, which paints a picture of a chaotic White House where staff will go as far as to steal a letter off the president’s Oval Office desk to keep him from implementing a harmful policy.
Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary James Mattis, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, Counselor Kellyanne Conway, former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, and former top economic adviser Gary Cohn have all criticized the book.
‘Fear’ has become the fastest-selling adult book since the release of Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman in July 2015, Barnes & Noble revealed on Wednesday.
Vice President Mike Pence and former economic adviser Gary Cohn have denounced the book
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter have also denounced ‘Fear’
Sarah Sanders and Kellyanne Conway have criticized the book
It had sold 750,000 copies as of Tuesday, the first day it went on sale, according to publishers Simon & Schuster. That figure included pre-orders and audio books.
Simon & Schuster had printed 1 million copies of the book.
Woodward was asked on NBC’s ‘Today Show’ on Monday about senior White House aides who have publicly decried his book.
‘They are not telling the truth,’ he said.
‘These are political statements to protect their jobs,’ he continued. ‘Totally understandable.’
Trump has called Woodward a ‘liar’ and threatened to write his own book.