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Woodward's new book stirs up conflicting stories

by Carson Werner - Sports Editor
Tue, Sep 18th 2018 04:00 pm
Trumpgate - Bob Woodward's book (above) explores Trump's presidency through supposed interviews with various members of Trump's cabinet.
Trumpgate - Bob Woodward's book (above) explores Trump's presidency through supposed interviews with various members of Trump's cabinet.

Bob Woodward, the former Washington Post reporter who helped solve the Watergate scandal and now writes novels on the highest levels of government, released another highly consulted and controversial book called “Fear: Trump in the White House.” 

When asked why Woodward named the book “Fear,” Woodward said, “Trump in an interview, two and a half years ago said, ‘Well real power is fear,’ it came right out of his own mouth.”

Trump, has been known for degrading his cabinet members and other legislative associates, causing internal battles between political figures. The current scandal-filled presidency has been breaking national headlines since the day Trump was appointed, causing media to cover his   four-year term more aggressively than any other president in history.  

Trump’s Chief Economic Adviser, Gary Cohn, along with several others who thought they needed to defend themselves from insulting statements against the president, would say something to the effect of, “This book does not accurately portray my experience at the White House… I continue to support the president.” 

Other derogatory terms thrown at Trump’s way were quoted from people who are a part of his legislation. 

“There’s always a lot of backstage comments about the president,” Woodward said “These in particular (comments) have just been extreme.” 

In “Fear,” Woodward places the reader inside the White House during crucial moments of Trump’s presidential career so far. In depth, Woodward analyzes the decision-making processes of the political figures that run our nation today. 

Robert Mueller is made out to be the White House’s biggest villain, as he consistently paralyzes legislative functions with the Russian investigation. Trump’s former personal attorney, John Dowd, supposedly stepped down from his position after Trump failed to take his guidance.

Woodward claimed that there was a practice session at the White House, a mock trial that is, for Trump as if he was actually testifying. Dowd, pretending to be Mueller, ran Trump through several possible questions and the answers he received were anything but truthful.

Dowd, upset with the way his client was going to approach the case, refused to help him any longer and left his position as personal attorney. Woodward also included a few strenuous and arduous conversations between Dowd and Trump, where Dowd had called Trump a ‘liar’ and threatened if he actually testified, he would end up in prison. 

However, following the release of the book, Dowd stated, “There was no so-called ‘practice session’ or ‘re-enactment’ of a mock interview at the Special Counsel’s office. Further, I did not refer to the President as a ‘liar’ and did not say that he was likely to end up in an ‘orange jumpsuit.’’

So, the big question still stands: who  should we believe? Following Bob Woodward’s release of his new book, it has become extremely difficult to determine who is telling the truth and who is not. All the insults regarding Trump have been denied by the officers who were claimed to have said them. 

Donald Trump himself called Woodward out over Twitter, saying that he is a “liar” and that Woodward’s new book is a “scam” and nothing more than “fabricated stories.” 

However, Woodward has one more surprise that he’s waiting to expose. The majority of interviews used in the book were all taped and saved as audio files. If his statements are true, Woodward has the ability to prove his claims in the book are correct. This is just one of the several books that have been published criticizing President Trump. 

The books that do not support Trump greatly outweigh the ones that do, which may cause “Fear” to become shrouded by the multiple others that insult his actions in office. 

Woodward wrote this book in hopes that it will inform the readers and make them decide for themselves if President Trump is fit for the most important occupation in American.

Considering all the turmoil over fake news and the discrepancies over what Woodward had created, words in written documents are losing their power to convince the skeptical public. People will believe in what they want to believe is the truth, only will they change their minds until proof of video and audio is placed in front of their faces.