Hours after the Washington Post published explosive revelations from veteran journalist Bob Woodward’s highly anticipated White House deep-dive Fear: Trump in the White House, President Donald Trump spoke to the Daily Caller in an Oval Office interview. And, of course, he ripped both Woodward and the book.
From the Caller’s article:
“It’s just another bad book. He’s had a lot of credibility problems,” Trump declared, adding, “I probably would have preferred to speak to him, but maybe not. I think it probably wouldn’t have made a difference in the book. He wanted to write the book a certain way.”
He also complained that he “never spoke” to Woodward for the book while adding that maybe he “wasn’t given messages that he called.”
“I probably would have spoken to him if he’d called, if he’d gotten through,” the president told the Caller. “For some reason I didn’t get messages on it.”
Woodward, likely aware that the president would cite the lack of an on-record interview as a reason to slam the book, provided the Post with an audio recording of a recent call in which the president said he then wanted to participate. This was after the manuscript had been written and following numerous unsuccessful attempts by Woodward to schedule an interview with the president.
Besides copping to the fact that he had indeed been informed by at least one person that Woodward wanted to interview him, the president also told the veteran journalist that “I think you’ve always been fair.”
Besides saying just a few weeks ago that Woodward has “always been fair,” the president has only had nice things to say about the Watergate legend over the years on Twitter — something almost heard of from the tweeter-on-chief.
Thank you to Bob Woodward who said, "That is a garbage document…it never should have been presented…Trump's right to be upset (angry)…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017
Must read column by Bob Woodward explaining how Obama pushed for sequestration & promised no tax increase http://t.co/JIqUIuQE09
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2013
Sean's interview with Bob Woodward on @hannityshow was very interesting–Woodward was great. http://t.co/XfqXZyBh
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 28, 2012
On top of that, we got this ‘Always A Tweet’ post from Trump back in 2013:
Only the Obama WH can get away with attacking Bob Woodward.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2013