Bob Woodward fires back at Eric Trump over 'anti-Semitic' 'shekels' slur

Veteran journalist Bob Woodward said Eric Trump’s rhetoric in response to his tell-all book about the Trump White House risks setting the country back.

President Donald Trump’s son was accused of making an anti-Semitic comment during an interview on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday after he said Woodward wrote Fear: Trump in the White House to “make three extra shekels.”

On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360°,” Woodward responded by saying: “I just hope no one would talk like that, frankly.”

“I think that just doesn’t fit. I’m sorry,” he added. “Anyone talks like that, whether it’s a dog whistle or whatever the intent is, it’s not, part of the point of this book is that we need to have a serious debate about serious issues. And to use invective and this attack rhetoric, whatever it might be, it sets us back.”

Check out Woodward’s interview here:

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Author and journalist Bob Woodward. His new book , 'Obama's Wars' is his about the Obama adminstration's decisions on Afganistan and the war on terror. Photographed in NYC. 29th September 2010. (Photo by David Howells/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 5/7/1973-Washington- The Washington Post won the 57th annual Pulitzer Prize for distinguished public service in journalism for its investigative reporting of the Watergate scandal. In annoucing the gold medal award, the trustee of Columbia University cited two Post reporters, Carl Bernstein (left), 29, and Robert Woodward (right), 30. Both are shown in the city room shortly after the announcement. UPI Photograph BPA2# 2696
Former Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward (L) and Carl Bernstein (R) speak at the head table before the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington, U.S. April 29, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 3: Journalist Bob Woodward (L) arrives at Trump Tower, January 3, 2017 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Bob Woodward arrives for meetings with US President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on January 3, 2017 in New York. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 18: Journalist Bob Woodward and Elsa Walsh pose for a photo at an Afternoon Tea hosted by the British Embassy to mark the U.S. Presidential Inauguration at The British Embassy on January 18, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 29: Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Bob Woodward eulogizes his former boss and Washington Post Executive Editor Ben Bradlee at the Washington National Cathedral October 29, 2014 in Washington, DC. Bradlee died at his home in Georgetown October 21, 2014 at the age of 93. Bradlee was at the helm of the newspaper from 1968 to 1991, during which time it published the Pentagon Papers and stories documenting the Watergate scandal, leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Carl Bernstein, Nora Ephron and Bob Woodward (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 08: Journalist Bob Woodward attends the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 8, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
SLUG: NA/DEEPTHROAT DATE SHOT: 04/29/73 - April 1973 (Flatbed scan 05/31/2005 EEL) CREDIT: Ken Feil/TWP Bob Woodward (left) and Carl Bernstein in the Washington Post newsroom. (Photo by Ken Feil/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - JANUARY 22: Two-time Pultizer Prize winning author and journalist Bob Woodward speaks at Broward College's A. Hugh Adams Central Campus Institue of public safety on January 22, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Vallery Jean/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 08: U.S. Senator of Kentucky Rand Paul and The New York Post Associate Editor and Moderator Bob Woodward speak onstage during 'Why Can't Tech Save Politics?' at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 8, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 17: Bob Woodward and Ben Bradlee discuss Watergate - 30 years later;the second of the day;on George Washington University campus. (Photo by Robert A. Reeder/Washington Post/Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Bob Woodward, Associate Editor, The Washington Post, left, and Katty Kay, Anchor, BBC World News America, right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, NOV. 3, 2013. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 04: Bob Woodward, associate editor at The Washington Post, speaks during the annual conference of the National Association of Counties (NACo) March 4, 2013 at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. Woodward discussed his new book 'The Price of Politics' and had a book signing for his readers. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 17: American journalist Bob Woodward making a phonecall before a radio show taping on June 17, 1974 in New York City. (Photo by Waring Abbott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 18: Bob Woodward speaks during the 'All The Presidents Men Revisited' screening at The Newseum on April 18, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) ? Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News, left, and Bob Woodward, Associate Editor, Washington Post, right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington D.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 02: Journalist Bob Woodward attends Chris Matthews' 'Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero' book release party at The Hay-Adams on November 2, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
Spirit of Hope Gala guest, (L-R) CNN political analyst David Gergen, Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz, former press secretary Robert Gibbs and Washington Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward talk during a press conference Tuesday May 31, 2011 at Beth Tzedec Synagogue. The expert panel was in Toronto to talk about some of the most critical issues in new today ranging from the Arab spring and the killing of Osama bin Laden to emerging threats to western democracies and the future of Israel. (Photo by Tara Walton/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
LS.Woodward#1.IS.7/11. Bob Woodward who has written a new book on the election called 'The Choice.' appearing on a TV show at K�CAL in Los Angeles. PHto Iris Schneider. (Photo by Iris Schneider/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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