Two More Key Trump Officials Dispute Woodward Claims

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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Two former key aides to President Donald Trump are denying quotes and actions attributed to them in a new book by Bob Woodward, they said in Tuesday statements.

“This book does not accurately portray my experience at the White House,” former NEC Director Gary Cohn said in a Tuesday statement. “I am proud of my service in the Trump Administration, and I continue to support the President and his economic agenda.”

Woodward alleged that Cohn once took key trade documents off Trump’s desk and disparaged his intelligence frequently. Cohn was joined by disgraced White House staff secretary Rob Porter in denying elements of the book.

Porter also told Axios and other news outlets “having now read Bob Woodward’s Fear, I am struck by the selective and often misleading portrait it paints of the President and his administration,” adding “during my time in the White House, I sought to serve the President’s best interests and to help enable his many successes—successes that Mr. Woodward’s book ignores.” (RELATED: White House Lawyers Actively Reviewing Docs For Declassification)

Neither Cohn nor Porter denied specific allegations within the book. They join several top White House officials such as Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chief of Staff John Kelly.