WOODWARD: I’m sorry we missed the opportunity to talk for the book.TRUMP: Well, I just spoke with Kellyanne [Conway] and she asked me if I got a call. I never got a call. I never got a message. Who did you ask about speaking to me?WOODWARD: Well, about six people.TRUMP: They don’t tell me. …TRUMP: It’s really too bad, because nobody told me about it, and I would’ve loved to have spoken to you. You know I’m very open to you. I think you’ve always been fair. We’ll see what happens. But all I can say is the country is doing very well. We’re doing better economically just about than at any time. We’re doing better on unemployment maybe than ever.
TRUMP: Well, a lot of them are afraid to come and talk, or — you know, they are busy. I’m busy. But I don’t mind talking to you. I would’ve spoken to you. I spoke to you 20 years [ago] and I spoke to you a year and a half or two years ago.
WOODWARD: It’s surprising to me that these people — did Raj have access to you?TRUMP: Not really, but he would’ve been able to do it. But I have an office. You have the office number. I have an office that’s directly into my office.
WOODWARD: Hi. Remember two and a half months ago you came over and I laid out, I wanted to talk to the president? And you said you would get back to me?CONWAY: I do. And I put in the request. But you know, they — it was rejected. I can only take it so far. I guess I can bring it right to the president next time.WOORDWARD: Yeah.CONWAY: But I try to follow all the protocols, or else I’m accused of being somebody who doesn’t follow protocol.WOODWARD: President Trump, I just want you to know I made every effort.CONWAY: But you had talked to [former White House communications director] Hope [Hicks], right, who said no?WOODWARD: Listen, I talked to anyone I could. [Laughs]CONWAY: You talked to a number of people and they all said no?WOODWARD: I talked to Raj.CONWAY: Raj.