Woodward: Some things Trump 'did and does' jeopardizes 'real national security’

Woodward: Some things Trump 'did and does' jeopardizes 'real national security’
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Veteran journalist Bob Woodward on Monday said the Trump presidency has not been treated "seriously" enough, expressing urgency over his reporting that indicates "some of the things Trump did and does jeopardize the real national security."

"This has not been treated seriously enough and ... some of the things Trump did and does jeopardize the real national security," Woodward said while appearing on NBC's "Today" show.

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Woodward was on the program to promote his book, "Fear: Trump in the White House," which presents an image of a White House where staffers seek to undermine some of the president's proposals.

"This country does some things in the intelligence world which are so important to protect the country. Tthey are astonishing," Woodward said on "Today."

"They are secret — they are called 'Special Access Programs.' And he jeopardizes them."

Woodward reports that some White House aides have stolen documents off of the president's desk to prevent him from signing them, including an agreement to leave the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Those advisers think leaving the agreement could roil international markets significantly.

Woodward also reports that Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Trump takes tough line on Iran at UN | Boasts about record spark laughter | Pentagon in 5G race with China | GOP chair urges Trump to keep Mattis Armed Services chairman to Trump: Keep Mattis 'as long as you possibly can' Admiral defends record after coming under investigation in 'Fat Leonard' scandal MORE disregarded a suggestion by Trump that the U.S. assassinate Syrian President Bashar Assad. 

Woodward on NBC said Trump has jeopardized the "position of the economy" by ignoring expert advice, in particular on the use of tariffs. 

"He jeopardizes the position in the economy by doing things that experts — 99.9 percent of the people say, 'Don’t do tariffs, it doesn’t work,' " Woodward said. 

"He’s got it in his head and when people challenge him, he’ll say, 'Oh, I’ve had those ideas for thirty years, you’re wrong,' " the Watergate journalist added. 

The White House has sought to push back on the claims revealed in excerpts from the book that is scheduled to be released Tuesday.

The president on Monday called the book a "joke," while White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has claimed the book is largely fabricated.

Woodward during the NBC interview said it "happens frequently" that people deny what they said during the interviews for the book after the fact.