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Woodward book goes on sale as ex-Trump aides push back

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While the president expressed annoyance that Barack Obama was taking credit for the nation's economic success, he told one adviser that the former president's increased visibility would give Trump more chances to attack a figure who remained very unpopular with his base.

So, why didn't Modi and Trump go to Camp David? "Never has a country given so much away for so little in return" as the United States had in Afghanistan, Modi had said to Trump, according to The Washington Post. Woodward also writes that Trump refused to send any additional aid.

Woodward could have easily concluded his book with a series of policy recommendations, such as calling for an end to Trumpian nepotism.

On NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway admitted: "I didn't bring the request to the president directly".

But according to Woodward, Cohn's message did not seem to connect.

"He thinks that if there's a trade deficit, it is money that is being lost; 99.9 per cent of the economists know that's not the case", he said.

The Pentagon doubled down Monday on Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' denials that he ever ignored demands from President Donald Trump or mocked the commander-in-chief's grasp of military issues. "Prime Minister Modi of India is a friend of mine, he said". Cohn and Porter reportedly worked "steal" a letter from Trump's desk that would have pulled the US out of its trade deal with South Korea and prevent further copies of the order from reaching him.

"We have reprinted six times for a total of seven to meet extraordinary demand - that will put one million books in print before we've even gone on sale", a Simon & Schuster spokesperson told CNN.

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The book portrays President Donald Trump as erratic and impetuous, and surrounded by a staff trying to restrain him from his worst instincts.

US and South Korean marines take part in military exercises in Pohang, South Korea in March 2015.

"The reporting is President Trump is disappointed with Bill Shine and the way the White House has responded to this new book".

"President Trump called me and expressed some distress that I had not talked to him for the book", he recalled.

"And that's how you end the book", Colbert said. He added: "I would have been happy to correct them if Mr". And he said, 'Right.' He agreed.

Woodward said that in the Central Intelligence Agency, agents are taught to "let the silence suck out the truth". The book will be released on Tuesday.

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.