Bob Woodward is backpedaling on claims that senior White House official Gene Sperling threatened him in an e-mail spat over the reporter's claims regarding the Administration's role in bringing about the sequester.
Previously, on an appearance on "The Situation Room," Woodward implied that he felt threatened by the exchange:
"It was said very clearly: 'you will regret doing this', I'm not going to say [who], a very senior person. It makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters you're going to regret doing something you believe in."
Now, during a separate appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Woodward says that his statement was misunderstood:
"I never said it was a threat . . . Gene is not a threatening sort of person and I never said this was a threat," he responded to a grilling from former White House aide David Axelrod.
According to Woodward, the Administration is blaming Republicans for the automatic spending cuts which have taken effect. He says that they were initiated by the administration, particularly Jack Lew, former White House budget director and now Treasury Secretary.
Speaking with Matt Lauer on "Today," Woodward explained why he thinks Obama's camp is playing hardball with him:
"The president is running around the country saying it's going to bring a human toll, that all sorts of people are going to lose their jobs. He's the one who started it. He's the one he proposed it. People need to know that, and that's what the White House is trying to avoid discussion about, quite frankly."
by RTT Staff Writer
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