But in the end, President Trump is the one who decides, and he has shown himself more than capable of doing so.
"You don't have authority", he told the president in one meeting, when Trump demanded to have the United States immediately pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
According to Mr Woodward, Donald Trump made this comment during a Situation Room meeting in the White House on July 19 past year, almost three weeks after he had a very successful meeting with PM Modi at the White House on June 26.
Since Trump has brought up potentially taking action over the column being published, a reporter asked if the president seriously didn't think the op-ed was protected by the First Amendment.More news: Hurricane Florence strengthens to Category 4, heads toward Carolinas
Woodward depicts widespread White House dysfunction in "Fear", raising explosive allegations of a paranoid president whose own staff believes is unhinged and erratic.
"Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction".
The book's damning picture was reinforced last week with the publication of a New York Times op-ed written by an anonymous senior Trump administration official who portrayed fellow aides struggling to limit the potentially disastrous consequences of some of the president's rash decisions. Trump alleged that the quotes were made up and accused the author for using tricks to demean him.
Times columnist David Leonhardt wrote this weekend about the possible nexus between Trump's business and Russian money laundering involving Deutsche Bank, which has been tied to such illicit money.More news: Trump aides claim anonymous 'resistance' op-ed is national security risk
"I think there are people in there that he can trust, it's just - it's a much smaller group than I would like it to be", Trump Jr., 40, said on ABC's "Good Morning America."
During the first meeting between President-elect Donald Trump and his top economic adviser, Trump appeared confused by elements of the federal debt and U.S. monetary policy.
Cohn was reportedly "astounded at Trump's lack of basic understanding", according to Woodward, and suggested that the President perhaps add 50-year and 100-year bonds to the US Treasury's offerings if he really wanted a solution to our increasing deficits.
On Tuesday, as Woodward's book was publicly released, Porter issued a statement saying that the tome was "selective and often misleading" in how it discusses Trump and his administration. The New York Times' reviewer wrote: "We knew things were bad". "I don't even know why any of us are here. The US side has cited scheduling reasons", the office of Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said in a statement.More news: IPhone Xr, iPhone Xs And iPhone Xs Plus Might Surface This Wednesday
Woodward and Bernstein's reporting led to a Congressional investigation that would have most likely ended with Nixon's impeachment.