WASHINGTON — Legendary journalist Bob Woodward on Sunday clashed with his former “Watergate” reporting partner over the intelligence briefing of President-elect Donald Trump on the salacious allegations contained in an unverified dossier of opposition research.
“I’ve lived in this world for 45 years where you get things and people make allegations,” Woodward told FOX News Sunday.
“That is a garbage document. It never should have been presented in–- as part of an intelligence briefing.”
Woodward also said that “Trump’s point of view” was being “under-reported,” noting that outgoing White House Counsel Neil Eggleston could have given the briefing to incoming Counsel Don McGahn.
“So Trump’s right to be upset about that,” Woodward said. “And I think if you look at the real chronology and the nature of the battle here, those intelligence chiefs who were the best we’ve had, who were terrific and have done great work made a mistake here. And when people make mistakes, they should apologize.”
Trump later tweeted his appreciation.
“Thank you to Bob Woodward,” Trump wrote, along with a recap of Woodward’s comments and the word “apologize” in all capital letters. “Media should also apologize,”Trump added.