President Donald Trump is reportedly scrambling in an effort to minimize the damage of renowned journalist Bob Woodward’s new book Fear: Trump in the White House. Despite repeated attempts from Trump and White House officials to discredit the piece, it’s built on hundreds of hours of interviews with White House officials—and they’re on tape.
Though White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s attempts to paint Woodward’s sources as disgruntled employees, Woodward insists that many are still working in the White House. And though he may not admit it, the president seems to know that too.
Trump, according to CNN, is on a mission to suss out officials who may have spoken to Woodward.
It seems there's now a real witch hunt going on in the West Wing, with President Trump eager to determine who did — and didn't — talk to Woodward. Our new story: https://t.co/pCSHv2hlOX
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) September 5, 2018
After Sanders, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and Chief of Staff General John Kelly released fervent denials of the quotes attributed to them and of the book’s contents, Trump is listening for whose silences are the loudest.
In his efforts to do so, it would appear he’s endowing Fear with even more validity.
Trump is calling Bob Woodward's book a work of fiction, while simultaneously ranting that he wants a search for every person who spoke to Woodward. The people who, um, told woodward fiction, I guess?
Can't have it both ways, Stable Genius.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) September 5, 2018
trump says Woodward’s book is fiction, yet is running a witch hunt to find out who spoke to Woodward. He wouldn’t do that if the book was made up of lies
— Can You Hear Me Shaking My Head? (@CanYouHearMeSMH) September 5, 2018
This book is TRUE and we all know it even @realDonaldTrump
— Jean Ingerson (@jmingerson725) September 5, 2018
As per Trump being Trump: He says Woodward’s book is “fiction” but, still desperately wants to know who the leak who spoke to him was. pic.twitter.com/LwrSH8SakR
— Evan Morgenstern (@evanjm02) September 5, 2018
It’s beginning to have some outsiders concerned with the ability of the Trump administration to do its job.