FEAR: TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE
New Book Shines Light on Everyday Life In The White House.
October 17, 2018
The floodgates have opened again, but this time Nixon is not the one set to drown. In a tell-all book, Bob Woodward gives insider information on the President and his associates. Woodward is an investigative journalist, who is known for his work on the Watergate Scandal. He has observed nine presidencies from inside the White House.
Fear Trump in The White House discusses what Woodward has found while investigating President Trump’s day to day life. Woodward interviewed over 100 people, half of them he claims to be “key people,” who’s interviews could take up “700 or 800 pages,” if he chose to use them all.
The book focuses on the President’s impulsive nature and what might happen if the people in the White House did not stop him from doing certain things. The book shares a few specific times when Rob Porter, Trump’s former staff secretary and Gary D. Cohn, Trump’s former chief economic adviser have made plans to keep certain documents away from the President, for fear he may act upon his impulses. “One of these [documents] would have withdrawn the United States from a crucial trade agreement with South Korea. Another would have pulled the country from the North American Free Trade Agreement,” states the New York Times.
Reince Priebus, former White House Chief of Staff was one of the “key people” that Woodward interviewed. “When you put a snake and a rat and a falcon and a rabbit and a shark and a seal in a zoo without walls, things start getting nasty and bloody. That’s what happens,” Priebus said.
The book’s title is a direct quote from President Trump himself. In an interview with Robert Costa from the Washington Post in 2016, President Trump was quoted saying “Real power is — I don’t even want to use the word — fear.”
The book is full of explosive anecdotes, one of which is the President’s current chief of staff calling President an “idiot.” The book tells the American people of how the employees of the Trump administration are constantly on edge and watching the President closely in order to stop him from withdrawing from any treaties.
The book has now reached the New York Times best seller list. 900,000 copies were sold on the first day the book was released. After the first week, 1.1 million copies were sold. The book is on its tenth time being printed because of the massive demand for it.
In an interview with CBS, Woodward discussed the op-ed piece published in the New York Times discussing the resistance living inside the Trump administration. The piece was supposedly written by a person in President Trump’s administration who is working with the resistance. “I wouldn’t have used it [in the New York Times],” said Woodward.
Woodward claims the op-ed piece is too “vague” and does not give enough details to be considered fully credible. “I have no idea who [wrote the story]. It’s very important, who it is. It’s very important whether this is somebody who witnessed and participated. And quite frankly, if there was a person in the White House or the administration who wanted to tell me what’s in that op-ed piece, I would say, ‘Okay, name me who was there. What is the specific incident?’ As you know, from having read my book, the dates and times and participants [are documented],” said Woodward.