Here's Why Trump Aides Claimed They Stole His Papers

  • 2018-09-04
  • Source: TTN
  • by: TTN Staff
Here's Why Trump Aides Claimed They Stole His Papers
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One of the most salacious claims coming from Bob Woodward's new book  "Fear: Trump in the White House", is that aides in the Trump White House took extraordinary measures to stop President Trump from committing dangerous acts. These measures were hiding papers and documents from Trump.

According to CNN:

The book opens with a dramatic scene. Former chief economic adviser Gary Cohn saw a draft letter he considered dangerous to national security on the Oval Office desk.

The letter would have withdrawn the US from a critical trade agreement with South Korea. Trump's aides feared the fallout could jeopardize a top-secret national security program: the ability to detect a North Korean missile launch within just seven seconds.

Woodward reports Cohn was "appalled" that Trump might sign the letter. "I stole it off his desk," Cohn told an associate. "I wouldn't let him see it. He's never going to see that document. Got to protect the country."

Cohn was not alone. Former staff secretary Rob Porter worked with Cohn and used the same tactic on multiple occasions, Woodward writes. In addition to literally stealing or hiding documents from Trump's desk, they sought to stall and delay decisions or distract Trump from orders they thought would endanger national security.

This bypass of the President is concerning if true. It is unclear how much of Woodward's new book is true.

 Source: TTN

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