U.S. President Donald Trump drafted – however by no means posted – a tweet that would have been seen as a warning the U.S. was going to assault North Korea, veteran journalist Bob Woodward stated.
Woodward made the feedback to CBS Information on Sunday, whereas selling his e-book Worry: Trump within the White Home.
The e-book has already given many explosive accounts of the interior workings of the White Home, by way of “lots of of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, assembly notes, [and] private diaries,” in response to its official description.
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Woodward informed CBS that in exchanges with North Korea final 12 months, Trump centered on the truth that the U.S. paid $three.5 billion a 12 months to have troops in South Korea, saying “I don’t know why they’re there,” and asking why the U.S. has 28,000 troops stationed there.
Based on Woodward’s e-book, Secretary of Protection James Mattis responded to the latter questions saying “We’re doing this with a purpose to stop World Battle Three.”
Woodward informed CBS that probably the most harmful second got here when Trump labored on one other tweet.
“He drafts a tweet saying ‘We’re going to pull out dependents from South Korea … Relations of the 28,000 individuals there,’” he stated.
Woodward alleges the tweet was by no means despatched as a result of the White Home acquired info from a back-channel communication with North Korea saying the nation would take a pullout of dependents as an indication that Trump and the U.S. have been planning to assault.
“At that second there was a way of profound alarm within the Pentagon management that, ‘My God, one tweet and we’ve dependable info that the North Koreans are going to learn this as an assault is imminent,’” Woodward informed CBS.
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Trump and the White Home have denounced the e-book – which additionally describes the work of high officers to undermine the president – as a piece of fiction, however Woodward has stated he stands by his reporting.
The veteran journalist is finest identified for working with Carl Bernstein to report on Watergate for the Washington Publish, for which he received a Pulitzer Prize.
In a Monday morning tweet, Trump once more criticized the e-book, calling Woodward a liar.
Replying to criticism for utilizing nameless sources, Woodward informed NBC Information Monday morning, “The incidents will not be nameless. It offers a date, it offers a time, who participates, most frequently the president himself and what he says.”
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