Who do you trust more: President Trump or Bob Woodward?
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Who do you trust more: President Trump or Bob Woodward?

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Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Bob Woodward is releasing a new book on the Trump administration entitled "Fear: Trump in the White House." Woodward says every anecdote in the book is backed up by direct sources, speaking to him on deep background, including reports that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the president "acted like—and had the understanding of—'a fifth- or sixth-grader'" and Chief of Staff John Kelly called him "unhinged." President Trump says the book is fiction. Who do you believe?

THE VOTES ARE IN!
#InTrumpWeTrust
51.4%
#BetterBelieveBob
48.6%

The president has been tweeting relentlessly about the book since it was announced, saying it is a complete fabrication. 

Woodward, however, told The Washington Post, where he serves as an associate editor, every anecdote is rooted in fact. 

The dramatic and previously untold scene is recounted in “Fear,” a forthcoming book by Bob Woodward that paints a harrowing portrait of the Trump presidency, based on in-depth interviews with administration officials and other principals.
Woodward writes that his book is drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand participants and witnesses that were conducted on “deep background,” meaning the information could be used but he would not reveal who provided it. His account is also drawn from meeting notes, personal diaries and government documents.

The president tweeted a statement from Chief of Staff General John Kelly.

The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true, in fact it's exactly the opposite. As I stated back in May and still firmly stand behind: "I spend more time with the President than anyone else, and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship. He always knows where I stand, and he and I both know this story is total BS. I'm committed to the President, his agenda, and our country. This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration's many successes.

Officials within the White House have continued talking to the press on background, confirming to Politico they had, in fact, spoken to Woodward. 

The result is what often happens in Trump world: Senior officials, acting as lone wolves concerned with preserving their own reputations, spoke to Woodward on their own — with some granting him hours of their time out of a fear of being the last person in the room to offer his or her viewpoint.
As one former administration official put it: “He hooked somebody, and that put the fear of God in everyone else.”

President Trump has also tweeted a comment from Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. 

The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence. While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility. 
...In serving in this administration, the idea that I would show contempt for the elected Commander-in-Chief, President Trump, or tolerate disrespect to the office of the President from within our Department of Defense, is a product of someone's rich imagination.

In a phone call with Woodward after the book's announcement, the president told the reporter he would have been happy to do an interview, he had simply never been told about Woodward's book. He then immediately contradicted himself by saying he had, in fact, been told. 

BW: Well, Mr. President, how can I spend all this time talking to people and — like Kellyanne and Raj and Republican senators?
Trump: Who were the senators? No, they never called me about it.
BW: Senator [Lindsey] Graham said he had talked to you about talking to me. Now, is that not true?
Trump: Senator Graham actually mentioned it quickly in one meeting.
BW: Yes. Well, see. And then nothing happened.
Trump: That is true. That is true. Well, that — no, but that is true. Mentioned it quickly, not like, you know, and I would certainly have thought that maybe you would’ve called the office. 
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