"Barely two days later, the New York York Times took the extraordinary step of publishing an anonymously penned op-ed by a "senior Trump administration official" who claimed to speak for an internal resistance movement that "[wants] the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous".
Those are some of the explosive anecdotes in Woodward's book on Trump's first 18 months in office.
In the forthcoming book being released next week, Woodward claims that Mattis told associates that Trump "acted like and had the understanding of a fifth- or sixth-grader".
In an early meeting, Trump asked economic adviser Gary Cohn why the USA can't just print more money.
This week we learned how Woodward has now lifted the lid on the scenes of chaos at the heart of the Trump White House with his book Fear.
Few people at the paper know the writer's identity, Dao said, and he could not see any circumstances under which it would be divulged.
Mr Trump raged about the piece in the White House, calling confidants to vent about the disloyalty of the author and fuming that the so-called Deep State within the federal government had conspired against him, according to an insider.
In his interview with NPR, Woodward also addresses the anonymous op-ed published in The New York Times shortly after the first excerpts of his book were circulating. "It's not clear to us anyway that it's someone in the White House".
Woodward wrote that White House staffers feared such a move would jeopardize a program used to detect North Korean missile launches in seven seconds.
Asked if Trump is still a credible voice, Sanders insisted he was: "Absolutely".
The publication of Woodward's book has been anticipated for weeks, and current and former White House officials estimate that almost all their colleagues cooperated with the famed Watergate journalist.
She noted that Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, Mattis and Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in New Delhi on Thursday for a major strategy summit with leaders of India, the world's largest democracy and a crucial ally. Dowd, who stepped down in January, resigned after the mock interview, the book says.
However, they laid the blame for the fact the aides have reportedly substituted their own agendas for the presidents on Trump himself.
Trump's comment seemed to recognise a reality widely known among those in and around the White House but rarely acknowledged publicly: Much of his own staff has always been conflicted about their administration positions, hoping to serve and also restrain an irascible president out of a sense of service to the country mixed, perhaps, with personal ambition.
"I am not author of the anonymous NY Times op-ed", Linda tweeted.
Woodward had has been among the best-selling political writers for more than 40 years, going back to his best-selling Watergate classic "All the President's Men", co-authored by fellow Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein.
And in April 2017, after Syria's Bashar al-Assad attacked civilians with chemical weapons, Woodward reports, Trump demanded Mattis assassinate Assad.
On Amazon, Woodward's new book was ranked as the top-selling book on Wednesday.