Bob Woodward: Trump reaction to the attempted pipebomb attacks part of a 'nervous breakdown' in the White House

Woodward will be in Minneapolis Dec. 3 for an event

Chad Hartman
October 25, 2018 - 4:19 pm

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Investigative journalist Bob Woodward, who will be in Minneapolis Dec. 3 to promote his recent book on the Trump administration, said the president's reaction to pipe bombs being sent to CNN, Barack Obama and Hilly Clinton was part of a larger problem facing the administration. 

"It's a manifestation of what I've found in my book, Trump and his White House and the administration are going through a nervous breakdown," Woodward told WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman on Thursday. "And part of that nervous breakdown is not being able to single out the values and the necessity of working in a unified way." 

Trump has condemned the attempted bombings, and said any, "acts or threats of political violence are an attack on our democracy."  He also returned to his attacks on the media, saying it “has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories." 

Woodward will appear at The State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis on Monday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 pm to talk about his book "Fear: Trump in the Whitehouse." Tickets can still be purchased here

Other highlights: 

On why the pushback against his book had faded:

"It faded away because it's the, what we call during the Nixon Watergate period than 'non-denial denial,' which sounds like a denial, but it really isn't... One of them said, oh, 'The book doesn't fully reflect my experience in the Trump White House.' Well, that's not a denial. It means that you could have written it differently or there's some information I didn't have, which of course is the case."

On Trump's relationship with his lawyer with his personal lawyer, John Dowd:

"Dowd runs a practice session with Trump supposing he was to testify in the Mueller investigation, and Dowd concludes that the president cannot tell the truth, that he won't tell the truth, that he makes things up. And he tells President Trump, 'You cannot testify. If you testify, you will purger yourself and you will wind up, as he colorfully put it in an 'orange jumpsuit.'"

Listen to the full audio of Woodward's interview here: