New polls show slump in Donald Trump's approval rating

New polls show slump in Donald Trump's approval rating

(CNN) As a former Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent, I watched with horror on Monday as White House press secretary Sarah Sanders doubled down on claims made by President Donald Trump the previous week, when he indicated he wants the Justice Department to investigate the identity of the anonymous author of a recent and explosive New York Times op-ed.

Mr Trump tweeted: "The Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources".

"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".

"Cohn cited no specific objections to Woodward's extensive reporting of his private views that Trump needed to be saved from his most unsafe impulses", Axios reports. And that's what we got to do.

In the latest book by renowned journalist Bob Woodward, US President Donald Trump has described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as his friend who told him that the US has got nothing out of Afghanistan.

The Trump administration has been on an offensive in recent weeks, seeking to discredit Woodward and the contents of his book.

Trump, he said, invites a robust debate among aides and has confidence in his advisers, even when they disagree.

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The book has catapulted to the top spot on Amazon and Barnes & Noble's online best seller list.

On Monday, Colbert asked Woodward, "How do you feel when the president says you're lying?" In his 1987 book "Veiled" about the CIA, Woodward attributed quotes he claimed to have gotten from former CIA Director William Casey. Cohn and Porter. "Their statement was excellent", he said.

"If that individual is in meetings where national security is being discussed, or other important topics, and they are attempting to undermine the executive branch, that would certainly be problematic and something that the Department of Justice should look into", Sanders said in her first briefing since the editorial was published last week. CGTN's Jim Spellman has more in this report.

"It gives a date, it gives a time, who participates, most often the president himself and what he says", Woodward said.

"I said, 'Mr. President, I'm doing this".

The amusing thing about the statements is that they boost precisely what Woodward says about his craft. I mean, to try to control the presidency while not the president. He's gone off the rails.

In another part of the book, Mattis allegedly said that Trump had the understanding of a "fifth- or sixth-grader" of the situation on the Korean peninsula. "It's the worst job in America". But what really seemed to help sales are the early leaks from the book and the resulting condemnations from President Trump. A Quinnipiac poll measured Trump's approval at 38%, down from 41% a month prior.

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