President Donald Trump called journalist Bob Woodward on August 14, CNN has learned, apparently because the President was alarmed by reports that Woodward is publishing a new book about him.
Woodward recorded the call with Trump’s permission and CNN obtained a full transcript of the conversation. The Washington Post first reported on the 11-minute call.
Trump has been complimentary of Woodward in the past, and initially his manner was friendly. Woodward explained that he’s disappointed Trump didn’t sit down for an interview for the book and said he put in several requests.
At first, Trump said he didn’t know anything about it.
“It’s really too bad, because nobody told me about it,” Trump said. “You know I’m very open to you. I think you’ve always been fair.”