White House says everything is fine, though signs point otherwise

Author and journalist Bob Woodward said Monday on NBC that President Donald Trump is chronically untruthful and detached from the reality of his job

In a statement last week, Mattis called the book "fiction" and said that "the contemptuous words about the president attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence".

During a meeting with his top economic adviser, President Donald Trump suggested that since interest rates were going up, the U.S. government should simply borrow massive amounts of money. "This is the best reporting you can do, or that I can do".

According to the book, Trump told his national security aide that United States is losing in Afghanistan. CGTN's Jim Spellman has more in this report. "Woodward would have performed rudimentary journalistic fact checking with those he was quoting, he would have had a more accurate book rather than just being a stenographer for Mr. Bannon's self-aggrandizing revisionist history".

The president's eldest son, who runs the Trump Organization with his brother Eric, also dismissed famed investigative journalist Bob Woodward's newly released tell-all, "Fear".

"The Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources", Trump wrote.

The White House on Monday sought to project an image of productive forward momentum, even as President Donald Trump and many of his aides remain sidetracked and preoccupied by dual accounts of a warring and mutinous West Wing.

The book reached stores on Tuesday and has been No. 1 on Amazon since details first began emerging a week ago.

In other tweets Monday morning, Trump claimed that the White House, which has experienced significant staff turnover and other tumult, is a "smooth running machine" and touted economic figures under his leadership.

The journalist and author of the highly anticipated upcoming book Fear appeared on NBC's Today show on Monday, suggesting that President Trump's actions are not being treated "seriously enough".

Citing Woodward, news agency PTI said that Trump's comment came during a situation meeting on July 19, 2017, in White House, three weeks after he had met the Indian Prime Minister in White House. If I did I would not have been elected President.

"You don't get to do it that way", Cohn said, according to Woodward. "Because we go up and every time you go up they want to raise rates again".

President Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to North Dakota on Friday, "I would say Jeff [Sessions] should be investigating who the author of that piece was because I really believe it's national security". Cohn's and Porter's denials seem geared toward tamping down tensions with the White House without totally discounting Woodward's reporting.

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