Woodward Says NYT Op-Ed is Not Up to His Standards

Bob Woodward, the author of a new book describing how top aides to US President Donald Trump have attempted to limit what they saw as his dangerous behavior, said on Sunday he would not have published the anonymous op-ed by an administration official that appeared in the New York Times last week.

Woodward, one of America’s most famous journalists whose own use of unnamed sources has drawn criticism, said when promoting his book on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ that he did not know the author of the Times column, but that it was “too vague” and “does not meet the standards” to be published.

“It’s very important who it is. It’s very important whether this is somebody who witnessed and participated,” Woodward said. “I would say ‘Okay, name me who was there. What is the specific incident?'”

“I wouldn’t have used it,” Woodward added of the Times opinion column during his first televised interview about his 19th book, Fear: Trump in the White House, which is scheduled for release on Sept. 11. It is the latest book to detail tensions within the White House during Trump’s 20-month-old presidency.

In his book, Woodward, who shot to fame more than 40 years ago for his reporting on the Watergate political scandal, portrays Trump as prone to profane outbursts and impulsive decision-making, with top aides worried the United States is one Trump tweet away from a national or economic security crisis.

“People who work for him are worried – that he will sign things or give orders that threaten the national security or financial security of the country or of the world,” Woodward told ‘CBS Sunday Morning.’

Woodward in the book recounts how Defense Secretary James Mattis had to explain to Trump why the United States pays $3.5 billion a year to station 28,000 troops in South Korea, telling the president it was a key line of defense against North Korea to prevent “World War Three.”

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Source: Jerusalem Post