Veteran journalist Bob Woodward on Monday defended his sources for his explosive new book about the Trump White House as “people of conscience, people of courage.”
In an appearance on NBC's "Today" show to promote his book, "Fear: Trump in the White House," the Watergate journalist said that "the people who are willing to talk" are taking a risk, but they think that "the world needs to know" about the inner workings of the Trump administration
“The people who are willing to talk are people of conscience, people of courage, people who said, ‘Look, the world needs to know this.’ If you don’t think it’s risky for somebody to answer the questions and give the real details, it is,” Woodward said on NBC’s “Today” show.
“My job here is not to psychoanalyze. It’s to describe what happened on specific dates in specific moments. The people who are willing to talk are people of conscience, people of courage.” -@realBobWoodward pic.twitter.com/3GtaiXPuhR— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 10, 2018
The book hits shelves on Tuesday.
Excerpts have pointed to a number of instances of internal strife within the Trump administration. The journalist paints a picture of an administration working through a “nervous breakdown,” with a president that staffers have compared to former President Nixon during his final days before resigning from office.
President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — State Dept. employees targets of spyware Ohio Republican Party meeting ends abruptly over anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth MORE and the White House have worked to discredit the book since excerpts were first revealed by The Washington Post last week.
On Monday morning, Trump in a tweet called the book “a joke” and claimed the sources have been “disproven.”
"The Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources," he wrote. "Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction. Dems can’t stand losing. I’ll write the real book!"