Trump, despite occupying the most powerful office in the world, remains fixated on a belief that the legitimacy of his election is being challenged.
Army Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, also said that a particular conversation cited in Bob Woodward's new book "Fear: Trump in the White House" on Trump's alleged demand to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad never happened. Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction. Democrats can't stand losing. "It seems like a very careless and reckless way to write a book".
"That's why I say that the denials are important", Christie told the panel, "because I would assume that The New York Times would be responsible enough that if someone is out there outright lying about their participation in something like this that that would then force them to out this person, if they're lying about it".
The suggestion that work continues apace inside the administration was belied by Trump himself, who spent much of the morning tweeting angrily about journalist Bob Woodward, whose book detailing dysfunction among Trump aides is released on Tuesday. "I don't talk the way I am quoted".
"I think it is less about that part of it and whether or not somebody is actively trying to undermine the Executive Branch of the government and a duly elected president of the United States", Sanders said. The author uses every trick in the book to demean and belittle. "Family members of the 28,000 people there, '" he said, later adding: "At that moment there was a sense of profound alarm in the Pentagon leadership that, 'My God, one tweet and we have reliable information that the North Koreans are going to read this as an attack is imminent'".
Woodward, whose 1974 reporting of the Watergate case in the Washington Post led to President Richard Nixon's resignation, said he based his book "Fear" on interviews with witnesses to the hidden secrets of the White House, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
"The Woodward book is a scam", Trump said. "The idea that a secretary of defense has to tell the president that all of these actions are created to prevent the ultimate catastrophe and then Mattis goes on and says, you know, that if we don't keep these programs, which are very sensitive, the only deterrent option we have would be the nuclear option".
"'It is mostly anonymous sources in here, why should anyone trust you?"
APSecretary of Defense James Mattis (left) and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (right) have both denied their depictions in Woodward's book.
Several other reporters took on the president's response to Woodward's book, in which the author quoted several top administration officials - including John Kelly and Jim Mattis - telling close associates that Trump was an "idiot", acted like he was "unhinged", and had the intellect of "a fifth- or sixth-grader".
"They are not telling the truth", said.
"These are political statements to protect their jobs - totally understandable", Woodward said.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Woodward staunchly defended the integrity of his reporting and said the book, which comes out this week, "is as carefully done as you can do an excavation of the reality of what goes on". Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said no lie detectors were being used to smoke out the writer of the op-ed, though she insisted the West Wing would like to see an investigation.