Woodward, who has authored books critical of the presidential administrations of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, is best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning work with Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal.
The incident is recounted in a new book from journalist Bob Woodward, who claims that Trump prepared a tweet claiming that the conflict with North Korea would end up boiling down to a personal conflict with Kim Jong-Un.
"This is all about leader versus leader", the tweet reportedly read.
He followed that with a demand that The Times, "for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once".
"The things-some of the things-that Trump did and does jeopardizes the real national security", Woodward said.
Bob Woodward is without doubt the greatest journalist of his generation.
"These are political statements to protect their jobs", he said. "He is not putting country first, but putting himself and his ego ahead of the will of the American people".More news: Trump, escalating trade war, threatens tariffs on all goods from China
While Woodward's book draws from hundreds of hours of tapes and contains many quotes from named officials who do not dispute the quotes, Trump has been the subject of less-than-credible writing before.
"It'll make the White House more paranoid than it has been before", Ponnuru said. By 10:50 am ET, Trump had tweeted or re-tweeted 15 times today, including a definitely not-canon Charlie Brown cartoon panel. "We don't want to squander that opportunity".
Woodward used as an example Trump's complaint about USA troops still on the Korean peninsula, leaving Defense Secretary James Mattis to explain "we're doing this to prevent World War III". He noted that there are public examples people within the Trump administration going public with their disagreements with Trump.
Woodward's employer, the Washington Post, released audio of a conversation between Trump and Woodward in which the author insists he tried repeatedly to gain an interview and Trump claims not to have been told of the requests. For that to happen, two-thirds of Congress must vote to remove him.
"And so far, Jeff Sessions, bless his heart, has resisted and maintained that the judiciary needs to be independent". "From where you sit, you have no respect for the president, that's obvious, but don't tell me that the hardworking people in the White House [also do not]".
"I don't know who it is", Woodward says. "Family members of the 28,000 people there, '" he said.
"If this is a cabinet secretary, it's a problem", he said.
"Woodward describes "an administrative coup d'etat" and a "nervous breakdown" of the executive branch, with senior aides conspiring to pluck official paper from the president's desk so he couldn't see or sign them".