It's not clear whether Trump had read any parts of the book or knew more details about what it would include before he tweeted.Trump was, however, interviewed by Woodward 18 times over nine hours for the book.
Among the book's revelations are that Trump deliberately downplayed the threat of the coronavirus early in the outbreak and that he ordered the military strike that killed top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani despite top advisers urging him not to do it. "That's always tougher than the touch". Trump said, "It's also more deadly than your - you know, your, even your strenuous flus". Right? But the air, you just breathe the air and that's how it's passed.
"What I went out and said is very simple: I want to show a level of confidence, and I want to show strength as a leader, and I want to show our country is going to be fine one way or another", Trump said at a news conference on Thursday. This is more deadly. On Feb. 10, he said, "You know, a lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat - as the heat comes in". "You know, so, this is deadly stuff".
Woodward said that "an hour and a half later", Trump tweeted: "The Bob Woodward book will be a FAKE, as always, just as numerous others have been. But there was no indication in February, in March everyone knew what Trump had told me, that it applied to the United Sates".
"I think I have public health public safety responsibility". 'We have a problem, we're going to step up, " Woodward said. In the clip, Pelley asks, "Did the president ever disclose to you why he wasn't telling the public what the stakes where with the coronavirus?". Trump did those interviews despite his aides advising him against it - he believed he could "charm" Woodward, multiple reports said.
"If there was any suggestion I had that that [the coronavirus threat] was about the United States, I would have, of course, published", Woodward revealed. I can tell you the relationships I have, the tougher and meaner they are, the better I get along with them.
"Nothing more could have been done".