The famed journalist spoke about “Fear,” his new book on the president, in an appearance on the “Today” show.
Veteran journalist Bob Woodward said Monday in an exclusive interview on NBC News’ “Today” that President Donald Trump is “detached from reality” and jeopardizes American national security.
“I’ve never seen an instance when the president is so detached from the reality of what’s going on,” Woodward said.
The Washington Post editor and author of Fear: Trump in the White House recounted an incident in which the president complained about U.S. troops in the Korean peninsula. Woodward said the president’s staff tried to explain that this is a defensive measure.
“James Mattis says we’re doing this to prevent World War III,” Woodward added. “The idea that the Secretary of Defense has to tell a president that all of these actions are designed to prevent the ultimate catastrophe. And Mattis goes on and says if we don’t keep these programs, which are very sensitive, the only deterrent program we have will be the nuclear option.”
Woodward depicts widespread White House dysfunction in “Fear,” raising explosive allegations of a paranoid president whose own staff believes is unhinged and erratic. The book’s findings were amplified when The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed from a senior administration official, claiming the president’s staff seeks to thwart his “more misguided impulses.” The book will be released on Tuesday.
“This has not been treated seriously enough,” Woodward said on “Today.” “The things that Trump did and does jeopardizes the real national security.”