This assessment is perhaps more generous than the one Trump himself offered me, in a discussion about human nature. In an interview back in 2013, he said he thinks temperament is established by the first grade and changes little thereafter.
This immaturity is starkly demonstrated in a rambling phone call, which Woodward recorded and released as news of his book spread. Listen to this conversation, in which Trump clings to the notion that he never knew of Woodward’s request to interview him — although he admitted, when challenged, that Senator Lindsay Graham did in fact relay it to him.
The care Woodward puts into his work, a record established over decades, means that even as he confirms reporting others have done, his book will become the foundation for assessments that follow.
His credibility cannot be destroyed by the President’s “fake news” and “enemy of the people” blather. Woodward’s stock in trade is solid reporting. Trump’s is hype. No amount of complaining or blaming by the President and his minions, who are already attacking the author and his book, will alter those facts.