Woodward recounted the story in an interview for The New York Times" podcast "The Daily'.
There was fear among some Trump advisers that if the president felt that his staff or the Justice Department was not carrying out his order to find the leakers, then he could feel compelled to make changes.
Case in point, one excerpt reveals the newly appointed National Economic Council director Gary Cohn's "I've had a huge mistake" moment in his first meeting with then president-elect Trump.
"People who work for him are anxious - 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'.More news: Hugo Lloris to keep captaincy confirms Mauricio Pochettino
"To my knowledge, that is correct", he said.
Kelly is quoted calling Trump "an idiot", and Mattis is quoted saying Trump has the understanding of "a fifth- or sixth-grader".
On the contrary, Woodward's book, while critical of aspects of Trump's personality traits and their negative impact on decision-making, is on the whole a strong endorsement of the main contours of Trump's presidency.
President Trump also tweeted that Woodward's book is "a joke" and "another assault" against him.
"I've done books and articles for the Washington Post on eight presidents, from Nixon to Obama", Woodward told Tremonti.More news: California shootings: Six dead in Bakersfield
A similar situation also occurred involving a letter about trade with South Korea, he said.
The president is displeased with White House Deputy Chief of Staff Bill Shine in particular because Trump thinks he wasn't able to push back the claims made in the expose. The letter stated that the US was planning to withdraw from a trade agreement with South Korea.
Bob Woodward's "Fear" is spreading quickly.
Charles reported that Barnes and Noble said "Fear" was its fastest-selling book since Harper Lee's 2015 novel "Go Set a Watchman", the long-awaited follow-up to "To Kill a Mockingbird". Such gaps in explanation point to the author's political agenda, which the media has seriously misrepresented as being anti-Trump. "I'll write the real book!"More news: Alabama pastor cuts up Nikes during sermon in Kaepernick protest
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