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>> As Bob Woodward's explosive look inside the Trump White House hit shelves Tuesday, administration officials quoted in Woodward's book continue to push back. On Tuesday, former White House economic advisor, Gary Cohn, told Axios quote, this book does not accurately portray my experience at the White House. But he didn't refute any specifics-
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>> I think there's blame on both sides and I->> Like how, in the book, Cohn threatened to resign over the President's both sides response to the violence in Charlottesville in 2017. But, according to Woodward, Trump wouldn't let him.>> Trump said, you can't resign, I need you to do tax reform.
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And he said, if you leave, this is treason. And Trump talked him out of resigning.>> Joining Cohn in pushback Tuesday, Rob Porter, the former White House Staff Secretary who resigned amid a domestic abuse scandal. He told Axios that he was quote, struck by the selective and often misleading portrait the book painted of Trump and his administration.
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Trump on Tuesday said the denials were more evidence that Woodward's book was quote, fiction.>> I really appreciate their statement. Their statement was excellent. And they both set out beautiful, which shows that the book is just a piece of fiction.>> But the famed Watergate journalist, whose work ended Richard Nixon's presidency, stands by his reporting.
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>> Look, I talked to dozens and dozens of people, and have notes and documentation on lots of things.>> One anecdote Woodward says he can back up, Defense Secretary James Mattis was quoted as having told associates that Trump acted like a quote, fifth or sixth grader. Mattis denied quotes attributed to him in the book.