He praised Trump's legislative accomplishments, which he said Woodward's book ignores, and said the president "invites robust discussion" from aides. Another 37 percent said it makes them less comfortable.
Kelly is quoted calling Trump "an idiot" while Mattis is quoted saying Trump has the understanding of "a fifth- or sixth-grader".
According to Mr Woodward, Mr Trump had to be told by his Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis that spending in these areas was necessary to "prevent World War Three". You've got to deny anything that's said about you. "I've seen this over the years, going back to the Nixon case". "The Dems are going insane!" he said. Porter and other aides to the president stole documents off Mr. Trump's desk to keep him from signing them.
"The people are not anonymous to me", he says of his sources.
In recent days, Trump has accused Woodward of making up quotes and mused about changing USA libel laws in an effort to better position himself to seek "retribution". Woodward reported on the scandal.
The op-ed was not the only thing on Trump's mind as he called around to advisers over the weekend, according to two people familiar with the conversations.
Jonathan Karp, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster, said sales were "with the force of a cultural phenomenon", as Woodward continues a round of media appearances this week. The tweets attracted widespread attention and concern - "the Internet lost its collective mind", as Woodward wrote in his book.
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He wrote that he wanted to help "people in the here and now - short term - at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact". The world's richest man announced the move in a tweet , saying the charity would be called the Day One Fund.
Apple Unveils The Apple Watch 4
The Apple Watch Series 4 will come in two versions, aluminium or stainless steel, in three colours: gold, silver, and space grey. This time around, there will be both GPS-only and cellular variants again, along with the usual Nike and Hermès collaborations.
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Reports around what to expect from Apple's event has been making rounds of the internet since the beginning of this year. In terms of internals, iPhone XC is expected to get 3GB RAM, upto 256GB storage and run on Apple's A12 chipset.
Woodward, of Watergate fame, included that reporting in a section of the book on Trump's relationship with his wife, Melania.
Weeks after Trump considered sending that tweet, Woodward writes, the president asked the National Security Council: "What do we get by maintaining a massive military presence in the Korean peninsula?"
Amid the drama, former staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman sought to seize some of the spotlight by releasing a recording she said was of Trump talking to junior aides during a communications meeting. "Frankly, the White House and the staff here are focused on doing our jobs", she told CNN's Jeff Zeleny.
In his interview with NPR, Woodward also addresses the anonymous op-ed published in The New York Times shortly after the first excerpts of his book were circulating.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders assured reporters Monday that the president is not now considering using lie detectors to figure out which senior administrative official wrote the anonymous op-ed, The Washington Examiner reported.
"One key person who's in office called me and said, "Everyone knows what you said here is true".