Trump suggests Woodward is a 'Dem operative'

Trump suggests Woodward is a 'Dem operative'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE accused veteran journalist Bob Woodward of being a Democratic “operative” after excerpts from the reporter's new book were released.

In a tweet Tuesday night, Trump cited his aides refuting the reporting in “Fear: Trump in the White House” as evidence that the book is inaccurate.

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“The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defense) James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Trump identifies first soldier remains from North Korea | New cyber strategy lets US go on offense | Army chief downplays talk of 'Fort Trump' Pompeo backed continued US support in Yemen war over objections from staff: report Stand with veterans instead of predatory for-profit colleges MORE and General (Chief of Staff) John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE,” he wrote. “Their quotes were made up frauds, a con on the public. Likewise other stories and quotes. Woodward is a Dem operative? Notice timing?”

Woodward’s book, which is set to be released next week, offers a damning account of Trump’s presidency, describing fiery insults from the president about his close aides and an administration in the middle of a “nervous breakdown,” according to excerpts. 

Woodward said that he tried to contact Trump for an interview for the book, but that he never heard back from the several people he contacted.

The Washington Post released audio of Trump and Woodward discussing the book and the reporting process in a recent phone call. Trump told Woodward that he was never made aware of the requests.

In the phone call, Trump praised Woodward’s past reporting, saying that he thinks Woodward has “always been fair,” and dismissed the book as just another negative report.

"So I have another bad book coming out," he said. "Big deal."