Top Bush aide: Woodward 'always plays it straight'

Top Bush aide: Woodward 'always plays it straight'
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Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer defended journalist Bob Woodward ahead of the release of his highly anticipated book about President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE.

Fleischer, former President George W. Bush’s spokesman, tweeted Tuesday that although he has “been on the receiving end” of negative coverage from Woodward, he never thought the legendary Watergate reporter “made it up.”

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“I’ve been on the receiving end of a Bob Woodward book,” Fleischer said. “There were quotes in it I didn't like. But never once - never - did I think Woodward made it up.”

“Anonymous sources have looser lips and may take liberties,” he added. “But Woodward always plays [it] straight. Someone told it to him.”

“Fear: Trump in the White House,” set to be released on Sept. 11, is expected to be one of the most damning accounts of the Trump White House to date, according to excerpts that have already made headlines.

The book includes numerous firsthand accounts from White House sources that portray an administration rife with conflict, personal insults and a president with a tendency to lash out at his closest aides.

Woodward tried to interview Trump himself, but Trump told Woodward in a phone call that he never got the message. White House counsel Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayWhite House seeks to clarify Trump remarks on emergency Trump says he 'didn't need to' declare emergency but wanted 'faster' action Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' MORE told Woodward that she put in a request for a meeting between the two, but it was rejected.