Pulitzer-winning Watergate reporter Bob Woodward dropped bombshell excerpts from his new book about the Trump administration on Tuesday, revealing that President Donald Trump’s aides steal papers off the Resolute desk to prevent him from making mistakes and that many of his senior staff consider him to be an idiot.
The response from Trump has so far been muted—the White House has yet to respond, and two White House reporters are taking that as a sign that this book will be treated very differently than Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury and Omarosa Manigault Newman’s tell-all.
Josh Dawsey of the Washington Post and Maggie Haberman of the New York Times say Trump has been interested in the contents of the book for weeks.
So far, there seems to be a lot more guessing in the White House of who talked to Woodward than disputing any of his reporting. Lot of people went to his townhouse/met him off campus/spent multiple hours or even days with the author.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) September 4, 2018
The state of play – no talking points from the White House three hours after the Woodward book lands. Trump has been asking aides about the book for at least two weeks.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 4, 2018
Axios’ Johnathan Swan contrasted this with Wolff.
Trouble the White House will have with this book is that, unlike Michael Wolff, Woodward is a serious reporter who makes every effort to get first hand sourcing. https://t.co/scCr0tEgk0
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) September 4, 2018