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blue member of congress. >> women and minorities are coming out in huge numbers this primary season. >> people in the white house recognize the risk of this president and they're trying to protect this country. >> this book is not so much fake news as it's old news. >> bob woodward has the juice, he's got the facts. >> he's got a problem with jeff sessions, just fire him. >> the president has an operating style that's different from the other 44 presidents. >> you couldn't have a portrait of someone more unfit for the office of president. >> announcer: this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. good morning, everyone, i see you looking at me with apprehension. >> i was tweeting off your notes. >> very good. president trump and has stiff gripped with fear this morning of bob woodward's new book that contains explosive claims of chaos and dysfunction inside the white house. bob woodward depicts a white
house in crisis with west wing officials, top officials, trying to protect the country from president trump. the book claims chief of staff john kelly refers to the trump white house as, quote, crazytown. james mattis says the president has the understanding of a fifth or sixth grader. >> president trump himself is quoted as calling attorney general jeff sessions mentally retarded and a dumb southerner. and there's new revelations about what the president believes his biggest mistake was and the white house is trying to discredit bob woodward who we should note has a pretty good track record here. in fact, a history of making track record. moments ago sarah sanders claims the book's accusations come from disgruntled former employees. that is nothing we know is not completely true. >> he may have hundreds of hours of tapes but most of those probably come from some disgruntled former employees. it's a lot of anonymous sources. i've worked alongside the
president, under the president for the last three years, i was part of his campaign, i've been part of the administration since day one and i can tell you everything that i've seen out of this book doesn't depict what's going on in the building behind me. >> cnn confirmed current white house staffers are among those who did speak with bob woodward for this book. let us discuss with a wonderful panel. jamie gang gel, john dean and cl bernstein who knows a little bit about something about working with bob woodward. jamie, i want to start with you because we are getting a statement from bob on these white house attacks. >> we just e-mailed and bob woodward sent the following, quote, i stand by my reporting. he said that yesterday and he's saying it again today. >> well, he's sanging that because there's been pushback.
james mattis says the words were never uttered by me or in my presence. so let's talk about woodward's tactic. basically he spoke to -- he says dozens of people. he recorded them but it was on deep background, meaning he can't reveal who said what. >> correct, so carl can explain this even better but bob did hundreds of hours of taped interviews with almost every person he spoke to and there were dozens of sources, people inside the room with donald trump, first-hand sources. but he does do it on what we call deep background which means he can use whatever they said he
said to them. he didn't want anything that was off the record. so he can use it but he protects their -- who exactly it is. that said, having read the book i want to tell you, throughout the book people are named and quoted extensively. >> that's how he did it and how. they're saying it. i think what they're saying has greater impact, carl and as we're hearing quotes from james mattis, from gary cohn, from john kelly, from rob porter, on and on and oftn, the story of officials who feel like they need to protect the country from the president. >> that's right and it's not about pulling out a word, just saying idiot, moron, et cetera, which is reliable but it's about scene after scene after scene described in great detail in which the principals, not
disgruntled former employees show exactly what you're talking about. that they see their job as protecting the country from the president of the united states. protecting the country from his ignorance, from his racism, from his recklessness and his unwillingness to put the interests of the country above his own interests. so you see it all stacked up. it's a coherent narrative in which we begin to say ah-ha. and the people that know bob woodward's work best are the republicans in congress because many of them have dealt with bob woodward in previous books. they know the reliant of his methodology. they've been quoted. i'm reminded when we wrote john dean, who you'll hear from in a
minute, when we wrote the final days which was about nixon's last days in office and there's a scene in which we use this same methodology of going to source after source after source, recording the interviews and there's a scene where nixon and kissinger get down on their knees and pray on the rug in the oval office and that scene was denied vehemently by those around nixon and kissinger, you made it up, it couldn't happen. this went on for months and months until finally in their memoirs nixon and kissinger both wrote about what happened. that will happen on this book. if you go down to the university of texas where our papers are and you see the watergate reporting and you see the final days, you'll see the methodology laid out and you'll see the accuracy of it. this doesn't come from one source. this is a reconstruction in
meeting after meeting after meeting 234g which you wonder why doesn't john kelly the chief of staff go to the congress of the united states in executive session, resign for the good of the country, go to congress and say i want to answer all of your questions about this president in full about what the context is, about what's in this book, et cetera, et cetera, and let's see how it holds up. >> can i just add one other thing? let's go to donald trump. prurch has said ve-- president said very complimentary things of bob woodward in the past and the transcript that we have on cnn.com and the audiotape, what does he say? bob, you've always been very fair to me. those are his own words >> there's a reference in there to 20 years ago of an interview that bob did with trump and again the fairness of it. it was bob and myself in trump
tower. we went to see trump there. he was just fine with the whole thing. >> that audio of listening to bob woodward's current-day conversation with president trump is fascinating, we'll play that for you. in terms of the color of what this books reveals to give people an illustration, gary cohn, one of the top financial guys in the trump white house, he says there was a critical trade deal that the president would have withdrawn the u.s. from. and gary cohn understood that would affect national security and it was waiting on the president's desk and he knew the president would sign it so he swiped it off the president's desk because he didn't think the president had the understanding of the consequences. here's what gary cohn says. i stole it off his desk, i wouldn't set let him see it, he's never going to see that document, got to protect the country. gary cohn and rob porter have not refuted or denied these quotes as of this hour, your
thoughts? >> i'd say the title of the book is wonderful because ever since trump's been elected i've had a knot in my stomach. somebody who knows how the presidency works, there's time for fear so i understand what these people are going through and why he sected that title. >> and he says it comes from donald trump himself who says that in order to get people to follow you you have to use fear. i knno . >> i know he does. the story on porter and cohn taking documents out of the system, that's highly unusual. by the time they've been staffed to the point where someone would put something on the president's desk, it's very unusual. it must not have gone through cohn. that's what the staff secretary is there for is to make sure only the documents the president should see are on his desk.
>> can i clarify quickly having read the book? what is also startling is neither porter nor cohn nor chief of staff reince priebus knew where the draft letter came from. that speaks to the level of chaos, dysfunction, different people coming in. porter was in charge and they were trying to control what went on to his desk but in this case they never knew where that letter came from. >> i also don't think either gary cohn nor robert porter refuted anything in this yet. the question was posed why doesn't john kelly quit and go to congress. people have asked the same thing about general mattis. do you think there's an element -- and you listen to the thing these people are saying, that they're protecting the country from the president, do you think there's an element where they feel like they need to stay? >> i do.
that's why reaction when they said why haven't they left? they haven't left because they feel they're protecting either the country or the world and that's serious. they may be denying the quotes they earlier gave woodward so they can do their job. >> what about that, carl? they're trying to keep him contained? >> i think that's certainly the case with mattis. kelly may be a little more complicated than that. there's a part of kelly that's very combative that believes in much of what the president wants to do and at the same time general kelly has made clear to many, many people in the white house that he sees his job as protecting the united states and the world from a rash and unpredictable and reckless president and dishonest president of the united states. >> all right, i want to play something. at a certain point i don't care
as much about whether or not bob woodward, who he asked to get the interview with the president or not but listening to the president on the phone. >> his style, his delivery. his courtship. >> listen to this. >> i certainly don't mind talking to you and i wish i could have spoken to you. but you know -- but nobody called my office. you went through different people. >> senator graham said he talked to you about talking to me. is that not true? >> senator graham mentioned it quickly on one meeting. that is true, that is true. mentioned it quickly, not like -- and i would certainly have thought maybe you would have called the office. >> no one told me about this. oh, well, lindsey graham did tell me, that's true. and trump is a victim. nobody called the office, he's always a victim.
that runs through the text of this book. the text and subtext is he is a danger to the world. those around him must protect the united states and its national security from this president and throughout his victimhood. they're out to get me and we hear it over and other and over again as well as the lies. >> jamie, i hear it so differently. i hear that as so different than the tone we've become accustomed to with president trump which is the more bombastic bullying tone from the pulpit where he's working people up in a lather. i've encountered that. he's very charming. >> all of us who have spent time with donald trump know how charming he can become. if you heard the thing we did 20 years ago with donald trump that
bob and i did you would hear how charming: and then he goes off. >> for sure, but i think that that is a window into part of for people who are trump critics who don't understand how select wooed congress or all of his voters there is something disarming about 40 he says to bob i trust you, i would have loved to have talked to you, i wish somebody would have called the office. >> a couple things. bob woodward reached out to kellyanne conway for an interview and one of the surreal moments is that the president puts kellyanne conway on the phone with bob in the middle of the interview and kellyanne says yes, yes, she did have it, it went through the right channels. kellyanne conway has direct access to the president. she's standing in the oval office when he's on the phone
with woodward. the idea that the press office that kellyanne conway -- that woodward's request did not get to trump, he admits he heard it from lindsey graham, it strains credulity. >> hold on. isn't it possible the whole theme of this book are his toppedtop adviser s trying to keep him from himself and protect him from the country and that they made a decision, kellyanne conway and the communications directors made a decision, we won't let him talk to bob woodward, that would be bad for him. his impulse is he wants to but they decided against hit. >> but he admit he is knew about it. >> from lindsey graham. >> but lindsey graham -- that wasn't an accidental thing. woodward asked lindsey graham would you also put in the request so trump says it's true. we also know donald trump in the end does what he wants to do.
look at that twitter feed. in the book woodward writes a twitter committee -- the staff tried to set up a twitter committee to stop it and quickly gave up. i think when you're talking about a bob woodward book and an interview, if they didn't tell the president about it, they weren't doing their jobs. >> seemed like performance art between the president and kellyanne conway and bob woodward and they all knew what role they were playing in that conversation. it was strange to see. >> it i just take the president at his words that he wanted to talk to bob woodward. he likes to make his case, he likes to talk to reporters, as we know. so thank you all very much. another progressive candidate pulled off a stunner, this time in massachusetts. boston city councilor ayanna pressley defeating a ten-term democratic congressman. pressley is now poised to become the state's first black woman in
congress. joining us now is cnn political director david chalian. what did you think, david, when you saw the results? >> not just defeating capuano but by a huge margin, 17 points, crushing him. we are seeing the remaking of the democratic party, at least what it looks like. remember, in this very liberal massachusetts district, this was not a battle about ideology, mike capuano is one of the most liberal members of congress. this was about ayanna pressley making the case in a minority majority district that the district should have someone that looks more like them in congress. you are seeing inside these democratic primaries that younger more diverse more female candidates are emerging victorious and changing the look of the democratic party and its representation and what that means substantially. and we're seeing this across the board.
look at those candidates up on the screen. alexandria ocasio cortez and three african-american gubernatorial candidates on the democratic side, andrew gillum, stacey abrams, ben jealous. the big question now -- not in massachusetts because ayanna doesn't have a republican opponent, she's going to congress -- but when you look at those gubernatorial contests are a more liberal left-leaning candidate, will that make it more difficult for democrats in november in the general election when they're dealing with a general election electorate and not a primary electorate. we don't know the answer but that is the question hanging over democratic party politics right now. >> >> thank you for that insight. there's a whole other element with her. not just that voters didn't choose somebody who physically reflected them. there's another dimension. her father was a drug addict, he was in prison for part of the time. she was a survivor of sexual assault so they wanted somebody
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joining me now is chris ruddy, ceo and president of newsmax and a close friend of president trump. i've heard you say the woodward book isn't so much fake news you say as old news. so are you saying there was a time when the white house was crazytown? >> i would put it a different way. there was some turmoil. this was a man that had never been in public office before, never had been in politics before. was a very successful businessman, entertainer, comes in and defers to people, picked a number of people, thought they were good choices like reince priebus. i think that turned out to be not a great choice and he saw that and made changes, the woodward book is about the first six to eight months of the trump administration. we've seen this book before, it's called michael wolff's "fast and furious" different characters making the same
allegations. a lot of those people i think -- gary cohn, for instance, was critical of the president. if he thought like carl bernstein said in your last segment that they were protecting the country from essentially world war iii and the end of civilization, why would he stay another year? the certain hysteria -- >> hang on. gary cohn didn't refute any of the comments in this book, when you say six to eight months, this book covers charlottesville which is eight months plus into the administration. eight months exactly. but this book also -- >> old news -- >> well, the book also covers john kelly who started in july and went on to today so it's not just the first six eight months. >> the book should have come out a year ago but it's coming out today because there's an election -- >> the book is coming out now because it's finished? >> i think bob woodward is a good guy but he's hostage to his
sources. he has a history of people that give him information get portrayed well. the president didn't speak to him. why we're spending so much time why, i think he made the smart choice not speaking to him. look at ronald reagan in the early days. put up amiable dunce in google on ronald reagan you will find everybody thought he was the village idiot. he turned out to be within of our greatest -- >> just to stay on the scene you are conceding that even if you buy your suggestion this is only about for six to eight months you are saying there was turmoil, you would not use the word crazytown but do some of the types of things described in this book ring true to you? in those first six to eight months where it was filled with you are the toil? >> i think it was tempestuous. there was a lot of issues that went on those first six months. the president fixed a lot of them. general kelly comes in in august, the president's approval
numbers have been on an upward trend -- >> they're at 36%. the highest disapproval in the abc news poll. >> come on, that's an outlier poll. if you look at the rolling average it's 43%. >> gallup is in the 30s, idp is in the 30s. >> considering the attacks he's been getting on this and other networks. the president is doing very well. what about the economy? >> the economy is doing well. >> it's fantastic it's up over 200% gdp growth in two quarters. we never had this in american history. >> we had 5% growth in the obama administration. >> one quarter in eight years? this is a guy that just -- >> you've had one quarter in a year and a half of 4% growth. >> you don't want to talk about the greatest economic miracle of our time. >> we talk about the booming economy all the time. christine romans comes on the show everyday. >> foreign policy, let's talk about that. defeated isis -- >> james mattis quoted 234 this book saying the president has a fifth or sixth grade
understanding. >> they said the same thing about reagan. people would joke, he would need to have cartoons from the department explain the budget, he would use flash cards in meetings. >> so you're saying it's possible mattis said this? >> i don't know if he said it or not, he denied it but people sakicen table talk, somebody is an idiot,. i was just with the president a few weeks ago, he had the head of boeing, the former head of fedex, pepsico, we saw this man totally in control, new about detailed issues on tariffs, trade, tax policy. he too old there for an hour and a half discussing these issues. this was no third grader, this was no fifth grader or sixth grader. i think there's a lot of spin. bob woodward is selling books,
playing into the hysteria, playing into the election. he's doing a disservice to the country i think. >> do you know who thinks bob woodward is a good journalist? the president of the united states, let's listen. >> it's too bad. nobody told me about it and i would have loved to have spoken to you. you know i'm very open to you. you've always been fair. >> i think bob is a good journalist, too. >> you just said he wasn't. >> i said he did a disservice to the country by not giving all sides and to put out and just show a hysterical -- and the other thing is he's a hostage to his sources. if you give him information, you, john berman, will come out very nice in the book. if you don't talk to him, anything is possible. >> every reporter is dependent on their sources. this book covers january of 2018 where john dowd apparently staged a mock question-and-answer session so that is well beyond the first six or eight months.
>> not everything in the book is but most of it is from last year, old news. >> some continues on this year. you were saying you talked to the president. you said sometimes people talk behind the scenes and don't mean it. have you ever personally heard the president of the united states refer to jeff sessions as mentally retarded? >> no. >> have you ever heard the president of the united states refer to him as a dumb southerner? >> no, but he has told me it was the biggest mistake he made appointing jeff sessions. >> have you heard him talk about being a southern? >> never came up. i never hear him making deeply personal attacks, i've never heard him in 20 years ever use a racial epithet against somebody. never. i talk to his friends, nobody can remember this but yet it was a topic two weeks nag another book filled with all sorts of innuendos that he may have used this word. this type of thing i don't think is helpful and those of us that know him or see him, he has people like larry kudlow, john
bolton, mike pompeo. these are top-notch people. he just nominated brett kavanaugh, one of the most respected jurists. >> we'll watch that confirmation hearing all day. you talk about race, charlottesville comes up in this book. the president sort of went everywhere after that story. >> i think -- >> he said -- in this book, he's quoted as saying the biggest mistake he made is when he tried to backtrack or apologize on charlottesville. that was the biggest mistake i'ving made, you never make those concessions, never apologize, i didn't do anything wrong in the first place, why look weak? >> i think the president could do more on bridging racial divide. i think he could do better by reducing the rhetoric. sometimes his rhetoric isn't as sensitive as it should be for a head state and he comes out of a long career in show business, you knew him for 15 years where he liked to speak his mind. i think there should be a review process for twitter. i'm very strongly for legal
immigration, i want more in this country. there's many things i disagree with our president with. but the personal view of him that he's just this mean nasty guy, this is not an accurate portrayal and i want people to keep an open mind. >> chris ruddy, good of you to coming on the show. >> thank you for having me on. >> it's day two of brett kavanaugh's supreme court confirmation hearings that will begin in an hour or so. it was a very contentious start so we have a senator in the middle of all of it joining us next.
brett kavanaugh will face questions from senators when his confirmation hearing resumes. democrats on monday repeatedly tried to delay the hearing to protest the last-minute document dump. >> mr. chairman, if we cannot be recognized i move to adjourn. >> the american people -- >> mr. chairman, i move to adjourn. [ cheers and applause ] mr. chairman, i move to adjourn.
>> that was democratic senator richard blumenthal who joins us now. good morning, senator. >> good morning, alisyn. >> you were trying to move to adjourn and you had some fans there, some of the protesters in the courtroom who agreed with that. you were trying to make the case you and the other democrats on the judiciary committee hadn't had enough time to pore through the 42,000 documents you got the night before but you lost that argument. how are you prepared today? >> we'll be asking tough questions about the issues that are at stake here and stomp is at stake. the republicans have broken all the rules and norms by continuing to conceal these tens of thousands of documents but the american people have to see what this nominee's views are on whether or not americans continue to be protected from health care abuses and pre-existing condition. whether women will continue to decide whether they have children and when and whether gun violence protections
continue in effect. whether there's an imperial presidency. this nominee has taken the position that the president in effect is above the law, he can refuse to enforce laws that he seems unconstitutional and he can fire the special counsel. that's what he's add ride issing for, any reason or no reason at all. remember, the president has been named as an unindicted co-conspirator so this nominee may be the crucial swing vote on the president's own criminal culpability. there's a lot at stake here. >> moments ago one of your colleagues suggested that the democrats have all of the vital information they need about brett kavanaugh's record and past so here is senator guess fromly. >> it's irrelevant to his being a judge and remember what schumer and lahey have said in the past that the best judge of
whether a candidate should be on the supreme court or not is where the cases they've already heard in lower courts and this person has 307 cases, 10,000 or 11,000 pages people can go by. >> basically suggesting all of the documents you're asking for are not as relevant as his court case is, fair? >> as a prosecutor i want to know about that crucial period in his professional life. he's called it the most formative period when he was staff secretary to president bush. that's three years when he may have done things and said things that are directly relevant. they are very, very important to assessing his legal career, his opinions indicate he may overturn roe v. wade that he would strike down gun violence, that he would strike down also
consumer and workers' right prose texts, his opinions are certainly relevant. but his entire record has to be assessed. >> i would tell you, the democrats don't have the numbers to stop him from being confirmed so in terms of the questions you'll ask him today which you just outlined for us, is that in hopes of -- is there any possibility that you think you could flip some republican votes or is this so that the public is more aware. >> the republican leadership has broken the thunderstorms in by concealing these documents and my colleagues have to ask themselves what is the administration hiding. what are they scared of the american people seeing. because here's something important, alisyn. these documents 4 come out in the next two or three years. history will judge them harshly for being complicit in concealing something relevant to assessing judge kavanaugh's record so i think we can persuade my republican
colleagues and the jury is not just in the hearing room, the courtroom is the court of public opinion and the american people have a right to know what's in these documents but also to hear his response to these key questions on roe v. wade, on gun violence protection, on the imperial presidency he would seem to favor, on all of these issues that make such a difference. >> i've heard enough democrats ask the question, what is he hiding, that it's either a talking point that you have discussed or you think there is something that is being hidden. >> there is potentially something being hidden. no question about it. >> like what? >> well, for example, his views on whether documents were illegally taken. what his views were and his
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good morning and welcome to cnn special live coverage of the u.s. senate confirmation hearings for supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh. i'm wolf blitzer in washington. this is day two of what will be at least four days of public vetting for the president's pick to succeed justice anthony kennedy and where kennedy for 30 years was a frequently pivotal swing vote, kavanaugh is widely expected to tilt the nation's highest court to the right, perhaps for decades. today will be the first chance for the 21 members of the senate judiciary committee to question kavanaugh who is currently a federal appeals court judge right here in washington. we're going to bring that to you live. our coverage will begin shortly. first, president trump and the white house are in attack mode this morning. they're intensifying efforts to