Woodward Says Pentagon Gripped By ‘High Anxiety’ Over Trump

May 31, 2019 by Dan McCue
Journalist Bob Woodward is seen in the lobby of Trump Tower on Jan. 3, 2017 in New York, N.Y. (Albin Lohr-Jones/Sipa USA/TNS)

Legendary Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward says there’s a sense at the Pentagon that the military is the last institution in America that is working, and a real concern among members of the Joint Chiefs about what President Donald Trump might do next.

Woodward offered that assessment on the latest episode of “The Axe Files” with David Axelrod, a political podcast exclusively available on Luminary.

During an in-depth, hour-long interview, Woodward recounts a recent meeting of generals and admirals at the Pentagon at which the chairman of the Joint Chiefs opined that military is essentially the last American institution left standing today.

“I think there’s some truth to that,” Woodward said. “But the president is Commander in Chief. And, as we know, presidents can essentially start wars all on their own. So it’s a really important question: ‘What is the temperature everywhere?’ It’s high anxiety.”

The bestselling author and investigative journalist for The Washington Post also draws parallels between Nixon and Trump during the interview, telling Axelrod that “If you look at what Trump has done, you can draw a straight line from Nixon to Trump.

“We are at a pivot point in history about how we are going to deal with the legitimization of hate in American politics,” he said.

Luminary is a free podcast app and premium subscription content network, where Luminary Premium subscribers will have access to more than 40 podcasts – including, in addition to “The Axe Files,” “Fiasco with Leon Neyfakh,” “On Second Thought with Trevor Noah” and “Under The Skin with Russell Brand,” among many others.

For additional information, visit Luminary here.

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