Trump Blames Counselor for Missed Woodward Interview

President Donald Trump blamed counselor Kellyanne Conway that she did not schedule an interview with Bob Woodward, an investigative journalist who has a new book coming out on Trump’s presidency.

According to a transcript of a phone call between Trump and Woodward, published by The Washington Post on Tuesday, the President said that his staff did not notify him that Woodward was interested in meeting Trump for an interview on his upcoming book.

The book, Fear, paints a tumultuous White House and alleges that Trump’s inner circle tries to control his impulses to avoid chaotic breakouts.

Woodward, an associate editor at The Post who helped uncover Watergate, says that he had lunch with Conway specifically about putting through the request to interview Trump.

“Kellyanne went to somebody, but she didn’t come to me,” Trump said.

“Well, does she have access to you?” Woodward asked.

“And she should’ve come to me. She does have access to me. Absolutely. She has direct access, but she didn’t come to me. And you know what? That’s okay,” Trump responded. “I’ll just end up with another bad book. What can I tell you?”

Before concluding that Woodward’s book would wind up being “another bad book,” Trump questioned Conway’s involvement in the journalist’s request and even put her on the phone.

At the start of the conversation, when Woodward said he was sorry they missed the opportunity to talk for the book, Trump brought up his counselor.

“Well, I just spoke with Kellyanne and she asked me if I got a call. I never got a call. I never got a message,” Trump said. “Who did you ask about speaking to me?”

Woodward answered that he spoke to about a half-dozen people, including a senator and Conway, over lunch two and a half months prior.

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