“Trump is going to get the new name ‘Tail-Gunner,’” Woodward said, referring to the nickname that McCarthy had gotten during World War II and used while in Congress.

But Trump is not the only one to blame for intensifying the “birther” talk to the point of prompting the president to release his birth certificate and take to the White House press room himself Wednesday in an attempt to end the controversy, Woodward said.

Rather, “I fault our business to a certain extent magnifying this,” he said, referring to the media.