President Donald Trump complained on a recorded call that no one had contacted him about the interview request of veteran journalist Bob Woodward; then the grieving counselor, Kellyanne Conway, should have addressed him directly.
The Washington Post published a phone call recorded on August 14 between the famous author and the president shortly after the newspaper reported a copy of & # 39; Fear & # 39 ;, Woodward's next book on Trump.
Trump admits at one point during the call that a senator had passed along the request for a Woodward interview, but at other times he says he had no idea about it.
The call starts with Woodward, after alerting the president who was recording, regretting that the two could not connect and Trump saying that he wished he had known about the book, which was already appearing at the time of the call.
I never received a call. I never received a message, "the president said at the beginning." Who did you ask for talking to me? "
& # 39; She did not come to me. And she should have come to me, "Trump said of President Kellyanne Conway's counselor during a conversation with Bob Woodward about an interview request that Trump says he was never told about.
Woodward told her he had lunch with President Kellyanne Conway's advisor, where he pressured her to meet with Trump, prompting Trump to admonish his former campaign manager while she was in the room.
At one point during the swing, Conway entered the room where Trump was speaking, and he invited her to answer the call.
"You and I had a full lunch, Kellyanne … And you said you would answer me. Nothing, "Woodward told him.
Conway told Woodward: "Yes. So I did it. I introduced it to the people here who make those decisions, without naming names.
The Washington Post launched a phone call from Bob Woodward and President Trump where Trump claims he never received Woodward's interview request
I never received a call. I never received a message, "said Trump, where journalist Bob Woodward (L) arrives at Trump Tower on January 3, 2017 in New York City when then-elected President Donald Trump and his transition team were in the process of occupying the cabinet and other high-level positions for the new administration
& # 39; Who are the people? & # 39; Woodward asked, but did not get an answer. At that moment, without answering, Conway abandoned the call and Trump went back up.
Trump then blamed Woodward for not having called him directly.
"But you never called me." It would have been nice, Bob, if you called me in my office, "Trump said.
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"Kellyanne went with someone, but she did not come to me, and she should have come to me," Trump said.
Woodward asked if Conway had access? to the.
& # 39; She has access to me. Absolutely, she has direct access, but she did not come to me. And you know what? It's okay. I'll end up with another bad book, he said.
Trump acknowledged meeting Woodward's interview request and denied knowing it during the interview.
"It's really a shame, because no one told me, and I would have loved to have talked to you," Trump told the veteran Watergate reporter.
Woodward also said he sent a request through press advisor Raj Shah and that he also sent a message through Senator Lindsey Graham.
He said he had submitted applications with "about six people" and with "around six or seven people".
Woodward did not confirm or deny having turned to former communications director Hope Hicks when Conway suggested it.
"But you had talked to Hope, of course, who said no?"
"Listen, I talked to anyone I could," Woodward said.
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Trump allowed during the call that he received a brief message from Graham of Woodward's request.
"Senator Graham really mentioned it to me quickly in a meeting, and you know, that's true," Trump said.
"Have you talked to Madeleine?" Trump asked Woodward. & # 39; Madeleine is the key. She is the secret, "said Trump, referring to Madeleine Westerhout, his personal secretary.
Woodward says he did not, and did not betray the knowledge of the outreach channel by contacting his personal secretary directly.
"I broke my spear trying to get to you," Woodward tells him later in the call, that Woodward told the president he was recording at the top.
I talked to Raj. I was going to solve it, "Woodward said at one point, referring to press adviser Raj Shah.
Trump ended up diminishing the access of his main undersecretary of press. "Rah, I barely have … I do not talk to Raj," Trump said.
– Okay, I'll end up with another bad book. What can I tell you? Says Trump in the defeat.
He also concludes, without having seen the book, that it would be inaccurate.
"So we're going to have a very inaccurate book, and that's very bad." But I do not blame you at all, "he told Woodward.
At the beginning of the call, he told Woodward, with whom he said he had a conversation at Trump Tower 20 years ago: "You know I'm very open to you. I think you've always been fair. We'll see what happens. & # 39;
Trump also trashed the book in an interview with the Daily Caller on Tuesday.
& # 39; It's just another bad book. He has had a lot of credibility problems, "Trump said of Woodward, who along with Carl Bernstein and others helped unravel the Watergate scandal in the Washington Post.
I'd probably have preferred to talk to him, but maybe not. I think it probably would not have made a difference in the book. I wanted to write the book in a certain way, "said Trump.
Trump continued: "It's just unpleasant things. I never spoke with him. Maybe they did not give me the messages he called. He probably would have talked to him if he had called, if he had arrived. For some reason, I did not receive messages about that & # 39;
Trump said the statements could have come from "disgruntled employees" and postulated: "It could be invented by the author." Woodward told Trump on the tape that he had recorded hundreds of hours of tapes with his interview subjects.