Trump is quoted in the book brutally insulting members of his own Cabinet, referring to Attorney General Jeff Sessions as "mentally retarded" and former chief of staff Reince Priebus as "a little rat".
Christie denies these claims and called Woodward a "stenographer" for former Trump official Steve Bannon. As he did with "Deep Throat" on Watergate, Woodward based his reporting in Fear on "deep background" interviews, sharing all available information without revealing the identity of his sources.
"You crank out the great Washington denial machine", he says. Even approaching the debt ceiling can be harmful to the stock market and USA economic growth.
"This is very low level person who will throw their name on an op-ed, and basically subvert the vote of the American people who elected my father to do this job", Trump Jr. said.
When I became a book critic at the Post in 2015, I never imagined I'd be writing so much about Donald J. Trump. But I've done hundreds of hours of interviews with people. "'I'm not making a deal on anything until we get minerals.' And the U.S. 'must stop payments to Pakistan until they cooperate'". "What was said in that anonymous letter was absolutely outrageous".
"Thank God the tweet did not go out", said Woodward, who described it as another example of Trump's "back-of-the-envelope policymaking" that eventually led to Kelly sending out a memo affirming these "fly-by-night" decisions would no longer be considered final, instead requiring formal documents signed by the president. I've found that the best books about the Trump era are not really about Trump at all.
For instance, Woodward writes in Fear, Trump wanted to withdraw from a key trade agreement with South Korea in September 2017.
"The idea that the Secretary of Defense has to tell the president that all of these actions are created to prevent the ultimate catastrophe", Woodward said. There had been rumors for some time that certain people wanted the US president to follow in Richard Nixon's footsteps and step down, and Vice President Mike Pence to take over.
But can he say whether his current work will play a similar role in Trump's political future?
The publisher of Bob Woodward's book Fear is expecting one of the biggest publishing success stories of the year, printing one million copies to keep up with reader demand.
"The soldiers had told him that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation staff were totally dysfunctional", says the book.
Woodward said he was "deeply surprised" when Trump announced tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and other countries. "I don´t even know why any of us are here". "I think we have to stop doing that and saying, 'Let's use it in a way that we can tell the public'".
Woodward's book (published by Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS) paints a picture of disorder within the Trump White House and features devastating quotes from administration officials about its inner workings.