‘“Fear,’ a forthcoming book by Bob Woodward paints a harrowing portrait of the Trump presidency, based on in-depth interviews with administration officials and other principals,” as The Washington Post is reporting this morning.
“Woodward writes that his book is drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand participants and witnesses that were conducted on ‘deep background,’ meaning the information could be used but he would not reveal who provided it. His account is also drawn from meeting notes, personal diaries and government documents.
“Woodward depicts Trump’s anger and paranoia about the Russia inquiry as unrelenting, at times paralyzing the West Wing for entire days. Learning of the appointment of Mueller in May 2017, Trump groused, ‘Everybody’s trying to get me’— part of a venting period that shellshocked aides compared to Richard Nixon’s final days as president.
“The 448-page book was obtained by The Washington Post. Woodward, an associate editor at The Post, sought an interview with Trump through several intermediaries to no avail. The president called Woodward in early August, after the manuscript had been completed, to say he wanted to participate.
“The president complained that it would be a ‘bad book,’ according to an audio recording of the conversation. Woodward replied that his work would be ‘tough,’ but factual and based on his reporting.
“A central theme of the book is the stealthy machinations used by those in Trump’s inner sanctum to try to control his impulses and prevent disasters, both for the president personally and for the nation he was elected to lead.
“Woodward describes ‘an administrative coup d’etat’ and a ‘nervous breakdown’ of the executive branch, with senior aides conspiring to pluck official papers from the president’s desk so he couldn’t see or sign them.
“Again and again, Woodward recounts at length how Trump’s national security team was shaken by his lack of curiosity and knowledge about world affairs and his contempt for the mainstream perspectives of military and intelligence leaders.”
The rest of the article is here.