Stelter also confirmed and said Woodward has written books about pretty much every presidency and he has an enormous amount of credibility because he has written a total of eighteen books.
But while Trump continues to insist privately that he wants leakers punished - in particular, the author of an unsigned New York Times opinion piece - it remained unclear if his administration would mete out any discipline. Ghost soldiers - those paid but not serving - are ripping us off. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is a disaster and a waste, he said. As a result, there is no discussion of why Trump replaced his national security advisor and secretary of state with more hawkish and virulently anti-Iran voices.
"It was on his desk, and Gary Cohn, the chief economic adviser in the White House, took it off his desk - stole it", Woodward told CBC.
And Woodward, the victor of two Pulitzer prizes, said, "I'm not". Although Trump has defended Mattis against Woodward's insinuations, the pressure to replace Mattis with another more hawkish defense secretary is still ongoing. The media have "left out part of the story: repeated, credible charges - including from well-respected fellow journalists - that in previous books Woodward embellished the truth, made dubious bombshell claims or was otherwise misleading", The Daily Caller's Peter Hasson details in an extensive report.
"Cohn cited no specific objections to Woodward's extensive reporting of his private views that Trump needed to be saved from his most risky impulses", Axios reports.
"I've done books and articles for the Washington Post on eight presidents, from Nixon to Obama", Woodward told Tremonti. The book has created a controversy as Donald Trump and his office have criticised the book for misquoting the U.S. president.
"Trump pivoted", Woodward writes.
Bob Woodward is an associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1971.
Mr Mattis also issued a statement, re-tweeted at least twice by Mr Trump, saying, "The contemptuous words about the president attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence". And with the release of Fear today, the coming days will likely only see even more revelations coming to the surface. "I'll write the real book!"