On Friday, President Trump said he knows of "four or five" people who could've been behind the op-ed, which described a plot within his administration of "many" senior officials who are "working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations".
He said officials in President Donald Trump's White House were particularly secretive and wouldn't tell the truth unless they were granted anonymity.
Woodward tells Colbert how Trump goes "ballistic" at the questions and "makes things up, starts screaming, ' and says how the lawyer, Dowd, thought that if he had been Mueller, he would have been 'fired on the spot".
Former Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward speaks during an event sponsored by The Washington Post to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Watergate, June 11, 2012 at the Watergate office building in Washington.
"These are political statements to protect their jobs - totally understandable", Woodward said. He said people in Trump's administration are anxious that the president will sign things or give orders that threaten USA or world security and finances. As recently as Monday morning, Trump called out the use of anonymous sources on Twitter, accusing Woodward of being "a liar who is like a Dem operative prior to the Midterms". He and the CBS late night host discussed what exactly shocked Woodward the most about the Trump White House.
Donald Trump has been further quoted in the book that PM Modi told him that United States should at least get something from Afghanistan in return.
'And in the end I know what I've done, and I'm not anxious about that at all, because you know, I've done nothing that anyone else wouldn't do in that position, in my opinion'.
"A source tells us he [Trump] shouted out 'Bring back Hope Hicks!' Apparently, he preferred her response to ["Fire and Fury" author] Michael Wolff".
"'It is mostly anonymous sources in here, why should anyone trust you?"
He explained: 'That doesn't mean they won't try to do something...(I'll) deal with it as it comes. Trump has personally taken offense to the book's contents, which he described as "another assault against me".
"If he were advising Pence", Woodward adds, "Cohn would have had him do exactly that - stay out of it".
"The suggestion that materials were "stolen" from the president's desk to prevent his signature misunderstands how the White House document review process works-and has worked for at least the last eight administrations".
Trump tweeted: 'The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defense) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly. Neither of them says specific details or quotes offered by Woodward are wrong, mind you; they only say the overall picture is flawed.