The New York Times, it would not be inaccurate to say, has been at loggerheads with the Donald Trump administration nearly since the day the real estate mogul-turned-politician took office.
"I asked him whether or not this was true", Trump said, "and he said 'not only is it not true, I'd like to write a statement.' And I said 'Thank you very much, that's very kind.' He wrote the most handsome statement".
"To be clear, ours is not the popular "resistance" of the left", the "senior administration official" wrote in the op-ed, titled I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration and published by the newspaper on Wednesday.
"We believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic", the anonymous official wrote.
The president's tweet was part an aggressive effort by the White House to discredit Woodward's forthcoming book, Fear, which paints a harrowing portrait of the Trump presidency, based on in-depth interviews with administration officials and others.
U.S. defence secretary Jim Mattis, known as India's best friend in Washington DC because of his keenness to grant Delhi a waiver on impending USA sanctions against Russian Federation, is said to have been quite irritated with President Donald Trump during a nuclear standoff with North Korea this January. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called on the "coward" who wrote the piece to "do the right thing and resign". "But it is a sad statement".
Trump added: "Thank you General Kelly, book is total fiction!" According to the Post, it portrays a Trump White House that's filled with second-guessing by members of Trump's staff, who repeatedly bad-mouth him behind closed doors. But suffice it to say that Trump fulminating is not at his level-headed best.
THE BOOK: Woodward's prologue is a snapshot from September 2017, in which economic adviser Gary Cohn quietly removed from the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office a draft letter from Trump to the president of South Korea terminating a pair of trade agreements.
None of them voted for a "gutless, anonymous source to the failing New York Times", she said.
Trump reacted to the column with "volcanic" anger and was "absolutely livid" over what he considered a treasonous act of disloyalty and told confidants he suspects the official works on national security issues or in the Justice Department, according to two people familiar with his private discussions. "We're having victories that people don't even know about, and he's highly respected all over the world".
The official says there some "early whispers within the cabinet" of the 25th Amendment - which provides a mechanism for replacing a president who is incapacitated - but "no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis". Evidence shows that we're right, you're wrong, and now we have to find this official and his crew.
Washington is now engaged in a frenzied guessing game - one that is dominating every conversation in this town and that is pushing the White House towards a collective nervous breakdown.