Mr. Trump has spent the week strongly pushing back on journalist Bob Woodward’s new book “Fear: Trump in The White House,” which gives a grand picture of how dysfunctional the Trump Administration really is. However, Woodward clearly has done strong research and delivers a tell-all package Trump can’t really deny.
On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence spoke with Fox News host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” Wallace asked him if he believed the story from Woodward’s book that then-senior economic adviser Gary Cohn had stolen a document from Trump’s desk in order to prevent him from pulling out of a trade deal with South Korea.
‘I have every doubt that that happened. I really do. And the president renegotiated the South Korean free trade agreement in a way that put American jobs and American workers first. But, look, I –‘
Wallace then points out that Woodward isn’t just quoting someone in the book. He has the actual letter that came from the president’s desk in September 2017, and had Trump signed the document, the South Korean trade deal would have been terminated. Wallace says:
‘This isn’t just talk. He’s got the goods here.’
‘This is a president who puts people around the table, around the resolute desk in the oval office that bring him all of the options. They put on the table everything that he could be doing. He invites a vigorous debate around the desk and then he makes a decision. That’s how it really does work.
‘And I have to tell you, this entire narrative that I get from what I’ve read about the book that came out in the narrative in the rhetorical is totally foreign to me. And when the president and I are both in town –‘
‘But it did happen sir!’
After some cross talk, Pence continued to defend Trump:
‘Chris, I spend about four hours a day with the president and we are both in Washington, D.C., every day. In and what I see is a tough leader, a demanding leader, someone who gets all the options on the table, but he makes the decisions and that’s why we’ve made the progress.’
Wallace pointed out that the anonymous OP-ED writer in The New York Times makes similar claims that are made in Bob Woodward’s book. He told Pence:
‘But here’s what anonymous sees. He writes in that article in the New York Times: That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.
‘Woodward describes what he calls our nervous breakdown inside the Trump administration.’
Pence who is obviously in a state of denial like Mr. Trump, said:
‘It’s absolutely absurd. And I have to tell you, I’d be honest with you, Chris. Sometimes I watch a little bit of TV in the morning and then I go to the White House and I feel like I’m in a parallel universe.’
Here’s what Twitter had to say to Pence:
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