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Trump may hate Bob Woodward today, but 5 years ago he was one of his biggest fans

A look at when when Trump loved Woodward
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Associate Editor of the Washington Post Bob Woodward, left, speaks at the Newseum in Washington during an event marking the 40th anniversary of Watergate on June 13, 2012; and President Donald Trump speaks during an event to announce a grant for drug-free communities support program, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, on Aug. 29, 2018.

"Only the Obama WH can get away with attacking Bob Woodward." 

That was Donald Trump in 2013, years before he declared Mexican immigrants "rapists" and himself a candidate for president. 

And that was before Woodward wrote a book depicting a Trump White House in chaos where aides conspire to prevent the president from harming American interests. 

Since then, Trump has been fairly critical of that book, "Fear: Trump in the White House," and Woodward, its author. 

Although "Fear" did not land in bookstores until Tuesday, the president spent the past week assailing the book as a "fraud, a "scam, a "joke," a "fiction" and a "con on the public." He also called Woodward a "liar" and a "Dem operative." 

How times have changed since the says when Woodward was instead at odds with President Barack Obama's White House. Back then, Trump said Woodward was "great" and a "must read." 

As recently as 2017, Trump thanked Woodward for saying the salacious segment of the "Steele Dossier" was "garbage" and that it should not have been released to the public. 

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Alas, that was before the president came to the conclusion that Woodward was working for the Dems and that he made quotes up out of whole cloth, which was about the same time that excerpts of Woodward's book began to leak. 

Flashback: Woodward vs. Obama White House