Bob Woodward accused Republicans in Congress of "blackmail" on Monday's "Morning Joe."
"Let's call it what it is, they are trying to blackmail the president and say, 'Look, we're going to shut down the government or default on our debt unless you -- we go back, rewind the clock, on Obamacare and delay it or somehow cut off the funding," he said. "You can't govern that way. It will not work. It will be exposed."
The Washington Post journalist was sounding off on the Republican campaign to defund Obamacare in order to prevent a government shutdown. The Senate recently stripped the health care provision from a bill that will keep the government running for a few more weeks. House Republicans continued to fight the legislation, and sent the Senate a bill on Sunday that would delay Obamacare by a year.
On Monday, Woodward also insisted that Obama should be talking to Republicans because any potential downturn or a collapse would happen during his presidency.