The Times said the column was written by a senior administration official who claimed to belong to a group working to thwart Trump's "worst inclinations". "It shows that the book is just a piece of fiction".
More recently, Trump has accused Woodward of fabricating quotes and questioned whether USA libel laws could be changed so that people who believe they have been wronged would be in a better position to seek "retribution".
The White House on Monday sought to project an image of productive forward momentum, even as President Donald Trump and many of his aides remain sidetracked and preoccupied by dual accounts of a warring and mutinous West Wing.
Woodward says: 'The first is not knowing. The only bone we have been thrown is that he or she is a senior administration official.
Colbert then points out that the "hallmark" of Trump's behaviour is: 'From day to day, he may not remember what his idea was yesterday, ' a statement with which Woodward concurred.
Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt added Tuesday on America's Newsroom that a bombshell book like Woodward's is just part of every presidency. "They're not really a friend", despite the United States dollars 1.3 billion a year in aid the USA gave them, Trump said. "That goes without saying", Trump Jr. said. While the president expressed annoyance that Barack Obama was taking credit for the nation's economic success, he told one adviser that the former president's increased visibility would give Trump more chances to attack a figure who remained very unpopular with his base.
'Imagine a lawyer, your lawyer, telling you you're disabled and you can't testify because you can't tell the truth.
Infuriated by the unsigned missive, Mr Trump on Friday urged Mr Sessions to launch an investigation to uncover the author's identity, citing "national security" concerns.
There were days or weeks when the operation worked, Woodward writes.
The reporter explains how Trump asked how much the defence system costs and baulks at the $1 billion price tag. Put it in Portland'.
Although the primary topic of this video has to do with the debate between getting information that's off the record or instead on deep background, the moment that strikes perhaps hardest is that Woodward found the current iteration of the White House "shocking".
Woodward - whose reporting with then-Washington Post colleague Carl Bernstein helped take down President Richard Nixon, and who has penned several deep-dive nonfiction books on presidents since - explores the paranoia that he says drives Trump's White House.
Other details concern Trump's "lack of curiosity and knowledge" about global affairs. He's gone off the rails. "The soldiers had told him that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation staff were totally dysfunctional", says the book.
Trump doesn't realize "that the national security for the country comes from having trade relations and having security agreements, like North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and secret intelligence partnerships", Woodward added, calling it one of the most shocking revelations in the book.
On Tuesday, as Woodward's book was publicly released, Porter issued a statement saying that the tome was "selective and often misleading" in how it discusses Trump and his administration.