Bob Woodward gives terrifying interview to CBS News.

By |2018-09-10T08:42:47-08:00September 9th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |20 Comments

Here are some of the highlights courtesy of CBS:

“You look at the operation of this White House and you have to say, ‘Let’s hope to God we don’t have a crisis,'” said Bob Woodward.

“People who work for him are worried … that he will sign things or give orders that threaten the national security or the financial security of the country, or of the world,” Woodward said.

Aides like then-Chief Economic Adviser Gary Cohn and White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter literally stole documents off the president’s desk in the Oval Office, such as a letter terminating a trade agreement with South Korea, so that, Woodward explained, Mr. Trump could not sign them: “Because they realized that this would endanger the country.”

Martin asked, “How’d they get away with that?”

“[Trump] doesn’t remember. If it’s not on his desk, if it’s not immediately available for action, it goes away.”

Just think this part over for a little bit. 

The accusation is that the president has such a limited attention span that those things which are not right in front of him, can be forgotten as if they never existed. 

I think this reinforces the statements made in the past that Trump’s policy points of view are based on the last person that he had a conversation with, and can change based on the next person who sits down to speak with him.

However, that is not true in all cases. Some of his most dangerous views appear to be baked in.

According to Woodward, the president is obsessed by the fact that the U.S. pays $3.5 billion a year to station troops in South Korea as a first line of defense against the North. “I don’t know why they’re there,” he said at one meeting. “Let’s bring them all home.” At another meeting, Secretary of Defense James Mattis starkly why the U.S. has 28,000 troops in Korea: “We’re doing this in order to prevent World War III.”

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” – President Trump at the United Nation, Sept. 19, 2017

The standoff with North Korea has been eased, for the moment, by the Singapore Summit, which brought together two leaders who had been trading nuclear threats and schoolyard insults.

Trump: “‘Rocket Man’ is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”

The president later made that “Little Rocket Man” on Twitter, which he told Rob Porter “may be my best ever.” When Porter asked if it might provoke Kim, according to Woodward, the president replied, “It’s leader versus leader, man versus man, me versus Kim.”

Woodward also said that in all of his years of reporting on presidents he has never seen anything like what is going on in this White House. 

“Fear: Trump in the White House” is Woodward’s 19th book, and he says reporting it took him deeper inside a working White House than he’s ever been before.

“This one was in the belly of the beast,” he said.

Martin asked, “And what did you conclude about the beast?”

“That people better wake up to what’s going on.”

Well, I am pretty damn woke, how about you?

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  1. Anonymous September 9, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Talk all you want, what are they going to DO about it is the question. From my seat, nothing

  2. Anonymous September 9, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    “People better wake up?” Oh we’re WIDE awake. The problem is those that cover for him and a complicit congress that couldn’t give a shit.

  3. Anonymous September 9, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Trump is so fucking jealous of Lil Kim’s military parade yesterday.

  4. Anonymous September 9, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    I agree with the other comments, we are awake and have been for some time. The question is what are republicans going to do, keep their heads in the sand?

  5. Old Redneck September 9, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    FAR OFF-TOPIC: WTF is this?

    Back in the 1970’s, when I was on active duty I occasionally passed through the Philippines where I encountered women like this — they usually were preceded by a teen-aged boy asking: “You want my sister? She virgin!!”

  6. Anony September 9, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Taxation without representation. NO money no congress. Expel all Republicans from Our Congress for not acting Amendment 25 or forcing the registration of Donald J Drump. Colluding with Russia to rig the election is TREASON and all NRA republicons are guilty of TREASON and Espionage.

  7. Anonymous September 9, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Was there ever a peace filled day since Trump took office? He is such a mama drama that he has been on that twitter, twittering away like a big fat bird. And it’s irritating. Gawd, it was good to see Obama. He is so refined compared to that illiterate vulgarian in office now. America needs to be great again. Everyone get to the damned polls and vote blue. Get those red commie bastards out of Washington.

  8. Anonymous September 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    G. There’s a story in the Guardian about the Koch Bros. and Betsy DeVos rerouting public school monies in Arizona to privatized schools, and who is qualified for these funds, and who is not. I am not computer savvy or I would have brought the story over here but an oldie but a goodie like me just knows certain computer techniques. Bear with me. Any ho. It’s basically some madness from the Americans for Prosperity project funded and promoted by the Kochs. I think they think they are doing some good, or are they just being sneaky and making this country more apt to be there for the people of their choosing? Aka white people versus brown people. It’s all sneaky and it’s happening as we speak. And we thought Putin was the culprit. The Koch brothers have this agenda, and they are busy making it happen through the people who are in Trump’s cabinet. Good god, it’s stuff from a horror movie. Hitler and his group couldn’t have thought this up.

  9. amom September 10, 2018 at 2:50 am

    So, we had collecively thought of Drumpf as a petulant child, perhaps a toddler. We were too optimisitc.
    Infants learn Object Permanence by 8-9 months. Drumpf forgets something that was onhis desk the second it disappears. He has no object permanence.
    He is a fucking preverbal infant cognitively.

  10. anon September 10, 2018 at 2:51 am

    o/t Willow gets married 9/29….so Bristol reports.

  11. Beaglemom September 10, 2018 at 5:50 am

    This morning Don the Con trashed Woodward’s book in tweets. He, Don the Con, that is, will write the definitive book about his administration. Who will be his ghostwriter, I wonder.

  12. Anonymous September 10, 2018 at 7:42 am

    tinydjt tweet>The Woodward book is a Joke – just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources. Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction. Dems can’t stand losing. I’ll write the real book!
    3:22 AM – Sep 10, 2018

    Get Busy!

  13. #meToo September 10, 2018 at 8:40 am

    “This is really hard. This is hard for everybody at CBS News. I haven’t talked about this before, because when you think about it, the most powerful media executive in America has now resigned in the wake of this Me Too movement — and he’s my boss, or he was my boss,” “For me, it has been another sleepless night thinking about this, the pain that women feel, the courage that it takes for women to come forward and talk about this, and I really didn’t know what I was going to say this morning,” “I know I needed to say something.” “Here’s what I said back then, and I think it still holds, and I want to say it again. There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic, and it is pervasive in our culture,” “And this I know is true, to the core of my being: Women cannot achieve equality in the workplace or society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility. So I’m really proud to work here at CBS News. This has hurt morale, but there are some really, really good people that come to work every single day. As a journalist, I’m confident that the truth is going to come out.”

  14. Whatevs September 10, 2018 at 9:24 am

    @6:07 – then time to change the Congress. What are you doing about it besides bitching online – canvassing? calling voters, registering voters? voting absentee so you can drive others to their polling place on election day?
    Fighting/calling your state reps and senate critters to remind them that you don’t support gerrymandering or voter suppression?

  15. Whatevs September 10, 2018 at 9:32 am

    How about we also put some responsibility on women to say “NO”, to report it when that answer isn’t accepted. Really not buying the “well, I didn’t say NO because I really wanted the job.” #Me too could be retitled “Sluts Suddenly Develop a Conscience.” And I say this as a woman.

    • Beaglemom September 10, 2018 at 11:34 am

      I agree with you. There may be instances where it is physically impossible for a woman to say “no” but then it becomes a physical assault (or worse) and she should report it to the police as such. But who would want to work for someone who made accepting sexual advances a job requirement? Have some dignity, my fellow women!

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