Bob Woodward on Fox News: Rejections of My Reporting Are ‘Politically Calculated Survival Denials’

Bob Woodward stopped by Fox News today on his book tour about Fear, his rather stunning account of the inner workings of the Trump White House.

Since excerpts from the book started coming out last week, current and former administration officials ranging from John Kelly and James Mattis to Gary Cohn and Rob Porter have put out statements trying to push back against some of Woodward’s reporting.

Dana Perino noted the pushback to Woodward today and asked him if people who spoke to him for the book “get more favorable treatment.”

Woodward talked about vetting these stories before responding more directly to the pushback:

“Some of these statements by people — I call a kind of politically-calculated survival denial. It’s very much like the non-denial denial.”

Perino also asked Woodward about one particular quote attributed to Chief of Staff John Kelly in a conversation with Gary Cohn. Cohn had threatened to resign after Trump’s infamously bad statement on Charlottesville, and as Woodward writes, Kelly told Cohn, “That was the greatest show of self-control I have ever seen. If that were me, I would have taken that resignation letter and shoved it up his ass six different times.”

Perino told Woodward she spoke to a source who “couldn’t believe the Kelly quotes” and that there’s clear distrust between Kelly and the President.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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