President Trump on Sunday applauded Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward for his performance on CBS’s “Face the Nation” while sharply criticizing the other journalists who appeared on the show.
Woodward was joined on the program Sunday by New York Times reporter Peter Baker. The journalists have decades of experience covering the White House between the two of them.
“Good job, I must say, by Bob Woodward on ‘Deface the Nation.’ The CBS no name host(ess), and other guest, Peter Baker of The Failing New York Times, were totally biased, boring and wrong (as usual), but Woodward was cool, calm and interesting. Thank you Bob!” Trump tweeted.
Good job, I must say, by Bob Woodward on “Deface the Nation.” The CBS no name host(ess), and other guest, Peter Baker of The Failing New York Times, were totally biased, boring and wrong (as usual), but Woodward was cool, calm and interesting. Thank you Bob!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2019
The two were interviewed by host Margaret Brennan and detailed the current impeachment inquiry Trump is facing after House Democrats launched a probe following a whistleblower complaint that stemmed in part from Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Woodward gained notoriety for his reporting about former President Nixon’s Watergate scandal, and Baker covered former President Bill Clinton’s White House as he faced impeachment proceedings.
Baker, who currently covers Trump’s White House, said he thinks Trump has “a war room of one right now, one man and an iPhone, basically,” referencing Trump’s penchant for tweeting.
“There is no other structure around him that has been set up in a coherent way,” Baker said.
He noted that Clinton had a war room to handle impeachment when he was in the White House.
Woodward noted that Clinton apologized to the American people for his deeds, something he does not expect President Trump to do, regardless of whether he wins or loses.
Woodward, who recently authored a book detailing Trump’s first few years in the White House, questioned whether Trump’s call with Zelensky, in which Trump pressured the foreign leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, would be considered a high crime and warrant impeachment.
“You talked to some of the Republican senators, and they are really sticking by him,” Woodward said. “I think the big question, is are they going to broaden this investigation? Because having done this for too many decades, there is always more.”
He added that Democrats “need to be careful” about how they let the impeachment proceedings play out and the speed at which they take place.