In an interview on CBS This Morning, Bob Woodward did not evade the most alarming suggestions in his new look at the Trump White House. Those around Trump describe him as ignorant, irrational, prone to tantrums, and dangerous.
“You look at the operation of this White House and you have to say, ‘Let’s hope to God we don’t have a crisis,'” said Bob Woodward. […]
“People who work for him are worried … that he will sign things or give orders that threaten the national security or the financial security of the country, or of the world,” Woodward said.
Asked how staff could “get away” with thwarting Trump policy merely by stealing documents from his desk, Woodward replied that Trump “doesn’t remember. If it’s not on his desk, if it’s not immediately available for action, it goes away.”
Woodward recounted Trump drafting a would-be tweet ordering the withdrawal of family members of military forces stationed in South Korea, a move he may have considered the precursor to withdrawing troops entirely but which North Korea would have taken as a preparatory move towards war:
That tweet was never sent, because of a back channel message from North Korea that it would regard a pullout of dependents as a sign the U.S. was preparing to attack. “At that moment there was a sense of profound alarm in the Pentagon leadership that, ‘My God, one tweet and we have reliable information that the North Koreans are going to read this as an attack is imminent,'” Woodward said.
Woodward’s warning to the country is ominous. “People better wake up to what’s going on.”