Members of President Donald Trump's cabinet denied that they are the source of an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times that says there's a secret "resistance" in the White House plotting to derail numerous president's actions.
"The people are not anonymous to me", he says.
Woodward said of the president, "There's a war on truth by him". And given how norm-busting Trump's presidency is - in terms of his relationships to the media, to his own party, to policy - it's also hard to avoid making mountains out of everything, even those things that might be molehills.
Trump called it a "gutless editorial", but his public anger was initially directed more toward The Times than the piece's author, whom he dismissed as someone who's probably "failing" at his job and is in the administration "for all the wrong reasons".
Woodward appeared on Today, where he received some reasonable pushback from host Savanah Guthrie, specifically regarding alleged quotes attributed to Defense Secretary James Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
"Woodward describes "an administrative coup d'etat" and a "nervous breakdown" of the executive branch, with senior aides conspiring to pluck official paper from the president's desk so he couldn't see or sign them".
The report came from journalist Bob Woodward's new book.
Trump reacted furiously, accusing the writer of treason and demanding a Department of Justice investigation, though most analysts said no crime had been committed.
The piece called Trump's leadership style "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective", said the president makes "half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions", and claimed that "many" senior administration officials "are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations". He accused the media of trying to undermine the Trump administration and said he found that "incredibly disturbing".
Christie fired back that it's an "outrageous statement" to suggest someone should be ashamed for working in the Trump White House.
'Dems can't stand losing.
That's a big deal - especially because it confirms much of the daily reporting that has come out of this White House since Trump became President 19 months ago.
According to Woodward, Porter asked the president if the tweet might provoke Kim, to which he replied "it's leader versus leader".
"It's certainly not a good journalistic practice to do an op-ed in somebody else's voice who is going to remain nameless", said Republican political analyst Mike Dawidziak. When Mr Clinton's adultery with Monica Lewinsky was revealed, staff members told me of their shock and disappointment but not a single one of them resigned. If I did I would not have been elected President. Trump himself followed up those denials by issuing a barrage of tweets condemning Woodward and the book as "discredited".