The Washington Post published an annotated transcript of the 11-minute call between the two on Tuesday, just hours after the paper released excerpts from Woodward's upcoming book Fear: Trump in the White House.
Reacting to new revelations in his former partner's book, Bernstein said that the time has come for administration officials to go on the record and make clear that the president is a threat to American national security.
The op-ed, published online Wednesday afternoon, was written by a senior official in the Trump administration, according to the Times. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.
"I would know. I am one of them", the official wrote. We fully recognize what is happening.
"We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers", the paper said.
The writer states frankly that he considers Trump amoral, erratic, and anti-democratic, as well as "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective", "half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless". Mr. Trump decried the quotes and stories in the book on Twitter as "frauds, a con on the public", adding that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chief of Staff John Kelly had denied uttering quoted criticisms of the President in the book. The GOP long stood for unfettered worldwide trade, the fostering of democracy globally (albeit only if it matched one end of the political spectrum), and strong opposition to dictators and totalitarian regimes, such as Russian Federation.
At one point during the call, Trump put Conway on the phone, who admits that she "put in" Woodward's request but it was rejected. The anonymous author was gutless, the president said. The people working aginst Trump while working for him are doing so to ensure the overall success of the administration, the author claims.
The senior administration official's op-ed offered extensive insights into the unvarnished thoughts of a top official, but the op-ed was in keeping with reports throughout Trump's presidency. He also repeated a popular refrain of his about the "failing New York Times" and said the newspaper would be out of business if it weren't for the news he generates as president. The writer adds that Trump aides are aware of the president' faults and are working in opposition to "do what's right even when Donald Trump won't".
As for the anonymous author, the press secretary accused the person of "not putting country first but putting himself and his ego ahead of the will of the American people".
He said the early release of information from the book this week was created to interfere with confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, "which I don't think it's done".
Meanwhile, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders issued a statement calling the author a coward and demanding the person resign.