Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward told the BBC's Today Programme that the USA president had questioned security spending over South Korea, Europe and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in a national council security meeting a year ago.
Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward said a "key" person in President Donald Trump's administration called him to privately confirm the details in his book "Fear" are "1,000 percent true" - and then later publicly trashed the tome.
"Well", Woodward said, "who knows?" "I would say 'Okay, name me who was there".
Yet the recording accomplishes a few things.
Woodward's book paints Cohn in glowing terms, pointing to his heroic attempts to rein in the president's agenda and threat to resign in the wake of the Charlottesville protests. Counselor Kellyanne Conway hops on the phone to say that the request was turned down. "It was like you were always walking right there on the edge", Porter is quoted as saying.
The man behind the "golden EIB microphone" returned on Monday from a short hiatus to address "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration", which detailed a senior official who is undermining the president from the administrative shadows.
What about that stolen document, Gary? The meeting was held a couple of weeks after PM Modi had met Donald Trump after he became US President. "Just come talk to me". "Fear" is an account of a presidency - a controversial one.
"I believe the New York Times made it up". 'There's too much evidence, too many witnesses'. "A source tells us he [Trump] shouted out 'Bring back Hope Hicks!' Apparently, he preferred her response to ["Fire and Fury" author] Michael Wolff", said Blackwell.
"'It is mostly anonymous sources in here, why should anyone trust you?" His method isn't to quote some unnamed official calling some politicians bad names; it's to substantiate events at the highest levels of the US government by corralling as many witnesses as he can find, generally on deep background.
At some points, Woodward writes, Porter stood as a critical voice to temper the president's whims. Reporting from this book has been fodder for cable news programming for well over a week, so host Joe Scarborough asked the Pulitzer Prize-winning author for his "biggest takeaway" or a "look at this entire project from 30,000 feet".
Army Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, also said that a particular conversation cited in Bob Woodward's new book "Fear: Trump in the White House" on Trump's alleged demand to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad never happened. "He's called this 'fraudulent, '" Guthrie said to Woodward.