Pushing back against explosive reports his own administration is conspiring against him, President Trump lashed out against the anonymous senior official who wrote a New York Times opinion piece claiming to be part of a "resistance" working "from within" to thwart his most unsafe impulses.
In his new book Fear, Woodward, who based the book on hundreds of hours of interviews with officials and principals in the Trump administration, paints a damning portrait of a White House in utter disarray under a president who has "gone off the rails".
When the "Late Show" host talked about the anonymous senior White House official who penned an op-ed about the "resistance" within the administration against President Donald Trump, Colbert invoked a classic horror movie trope.
Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats have each denied authoring the op-ed, which detailed an anti-Trump "resistance" within the administration. "Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernable first principles that guide his decision making".
The official writes that staff members behind the scenes have worked to implement sanctions on Russian Federation despite Trump's reluctance. We fully recognize what is happening.
It's been obvious from almost the start of the administration of Donald Trump that competing forces in the White House have successfully pursued agendas at odds with the president.
"We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers", the paper said.
And Trump's "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective" management style, the writer claims, has brought disaster most of the time - and most Cabinet officials 'are working to insulate their operations from his whims'. "If you look back at Woodward's past, he had the same problem with other presidents", the USA president said in a join media conference with the Emir of Kuwait.
Trump wrote: "The already discredited Woodward book, so many lies and phony sources, has me calling Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded" and "a dumb southerner".
Trump describes the editorial as "gutless". None of them voted for a "gutless, anonymous source to the failing New York Times," she said. The piece closes: There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first.
Dao did not rule out publishing another op-ed from the senior official in the future.
Kerry also talked about an anecdote in veteran journalist Bob Woodward's upcoming book that paints a picture of dysfunction at the White House.
"They don't like Donald Trump and I don't like them", Mr Trump said.
On Wednesday, as reality appeared to be closing in, Trump instead bragged about his approval ratings during an event with sheriffs in the East Room of the White House.
It goes on to say that Trump "continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic" - a stunning claim for any administration official to make, which explains the anonymity. Trump, the writer argues, holds none of the ideals held dear by conservatives and the Republican Party, adding that the president's impulses tend to be anti-trade and anti-democratic.
Speaking after a meeting in New Delhi with Indian officials, Mr Pompeo added that "it shouldn't surprise anyone" that the New York Times chose to print "such a piece".