"The incidents are not anonymous", he said. The book claims that even after deleting the tweet, Trump raised the idea of evacuating military families from South Korea with Senator Lindsey Graham, who also told Trump that it was a unsafe idea.
On Monday, Trump tweeted that "the Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources".
At a National Security Council meeting on January 19, the president "disregarded the significance of the massive USA military presence on the Korean Peninsula, including a special intelligence operation that allowed the United States to detect a North Korean missile launch in seven seconds vs. 15 minutes from Alaska", The Post reported. "Then came the jaw-dropping confirmation of Woodward's point when an anonymous 'senior administration official" wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times describing himself or herself as a member of the internal resistance who is resorting to crafty efforts to keep the country from running off the rails.
Many scenes in Fear are recounted in direct quotes, and seem to communicate the experiences of among others former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former White House strategist Steve Bannon, former staff secretary Rob Porter and former chief economic adviser Gary Cohn.
In a statement to The Washington Post, Woodward said, "I stand by my reporting".
At one point, Trump drafted a tweet saying the United States planned to "pull our dependents from South Korea - family members of the 28,000 people there", Woodward told CBS. They would criticize the president behind his back and undermine his more radical suggestions, the book claims.
Trump reacted furiously, accusing the writer of treason and demanding a Department of Justice investigation, though most analysts said no crime had been committed.
Trump raged about the piece in the White House, calling around to confidants to vent about the disloyalty of the author and fuming that the so-called Deep State within the federal government had conspired against him, according to a person familiar with the president's views but not authorized to discuss them publicly. He said "these are political statements to protect their jobs". Trump said in his tweet.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell referred to the accomplishments of the current Congress when asked about the op-ed during an interview on Fox News.
"This is unbelievable", Kerry said, and said the constitutional "crisis" is heightened because Republican senators are defending, "not the Constitution, not the institution of the Senate - they're defending party and the President, who simply doesn't know what he's doing". "I'll write the real book!"