Thursday (Sept 6) saw over 20 top Trump officials scramble to deny authorship of an op-ed in the New York Times - by an anonymous "senior administration official" - stating in essence that officials have been working quietly to circumvent and rein in an uninformed and capricious President.
As investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 United States election grind on, President Trump has tweeted 96 times this year that he is the victim of a "witch hunt".
So far, no senior staff member has come forward to claim the blistering op-ed about Donald Trump, and a number of others have released statements saying it was not them. The op-ed reinforced the book's disturbing portrait of a vain, venal, volatile man who has a vague relationship with the truth in a nation's capital that has become "crazytown". "Now he'll try to stop you". "It actually helps him", Sen. "So, well done, New York Times".
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) at the Capitol last week.
The opinion piece, and Woodward's book, which is published next week, follow many news articles during Trump's 19-month presidency that have depicted turbulence at the White House under his leadership. "And we are trying to do what's right even when Donald Trump won't", it says. "But the results of government are good results".
"I'm draining the Swamp, and the Swamp is trying to fight back", Trump tweeted Wednesday night. "Who is to blame for hiring these people, Corey?" "Using anonymous sources is a very important tool in the toolbox for my colleagues in the newsroom, so not judging". "It's common currency up here".
"But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favour of a single one: Americans". "Don't do it anonymously.' It can hurt journalism more than the president".
"The Vice President puts his name on his Op-Eds".
During a campaign appearance in Billings, Montana, Trump also praised Greg Gianforte, the Republican congressman who physically attacked the Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs past year, as "a fighter and a winner".
"But I think that given the extraordinary circumstances, the New York Times was ethically justified in publishing the piece - assuming, of course, that they know for certain who the author is and that he is a senior administration official, and that they have vetted the facts as well as they can".
Trump had arrived in the state to campaign on behalf of Republican candidates amid an intensifying battle for control of Congress ahead of the November midterm elections.
Gutfeld said Trump is succeeding on the substantive issues, so his critics focus on his style. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). "And on substance, we're getting an enormous amount accomplished for the American people".
At the rally in Montana, Mr Trump told the crowd: "Nobody knows who the hell he is, or she".
"I don't really know what's going on in the White House. but it seems to me from outside it's open-ended down there, that there's no confidentiality and not a lot of loyalty down there with a lot of people", he said. Everything makes him angry. He criticized the media for what he said were its efforts to "undermine this administration". Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). "Yes, it emboldens his view that the world's out to get him".
President Trump questioned if the article amounted to treason or subversion and said even liberals who hate him thought it was bad. Nothing new has occurred.