Donald Trump presidency called 'Crazytown' in new Bob Woodward book

Five Excerpts from Bob Woodward’s New Book on the White House That Is Sure to Enrage Trump

Five Excerpts from Bob Woodward’s New Book on the White House That Is Sure to Enrage Trump

The White House press office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the contents of the book.

What comes through most clearly to me is the incredible amount of contempt flying in all directions.

However, his sourcing was nonetheless questioned by Mr Trump in a telephone conversation in August, released by the Washington Post.

Woodward goes on in the excerpt to say that during a National Security Council meeting Jim Mattis got frustrated when Trump repeatedly asked him why the USA spends so much money on the Korean peninsula.

In another reported excerpt, Woodward writes that Trump told Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that he wanted to assassinate Syrian leader Bashar Assad after a chemical attack in April 2017.

The book says chief of staff John Kelly had doubts about Mr Trump's mental faculties, and declared during one meeting, "we're in Crazytown". He's gone off the rails. Indeed, Trump, lavished him with praise, saying that "I think you've always been fair", and that even though he was expecting it to be a "negative book", he genially quipped that he was "50 percent used to that". Meanwhile, Kelly has issued a statement denying that he "ever called the President an idiot". Then-White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn recounted how, on two separate occasions, he plucked letters off Trump's desk that would have taken the USA out of important worldwide agreements. Trump regards them with similar disdain.

The latest book on the Trump White House paints a damning picture of the current presidency. "He just scurries around". Cohn met with Trump to give him his resignation letter, but Trump persuaded him to stay. "You're past your prime". This is no longer a White House.

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In one example, Woodward wrote that then-economic adviser Gary Cohn "stole a letter off Trump's desk" that the president planned to sign pulling the United States from a trade agreement with key ally South Korea. The President apparently never noticed. Woodward tried to talk to Mr. Trump for the book but was not granted an interview.

Cohn repeated his chicanery to stop Trump from withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he had vilified on the campaign trail. "I'll just take the paper off his desk".

The coming book also includes Trump, as he has done on Twitter in recent days, lashing out privately at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling him a "traitor" for choosing to recuse himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation election meddling investigation. "And you publish that transcript, because everything leaks in Washington, and the [leaders] overseas are going to say, 'I told you he was an idiot". We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

"You are not a good witness", Dowd replied. "He's this dumb Southerner", Trump said, affecting an exaggerated Southern accent. One reason McMaster dresses as he does is that he has spent his life serving his country, rather than making money. It's safe to say this is not how things worked in the past. And, not surprisingly, Trump was even more scathing about Attorney General Jeff Sessions in private than he is public.

In fact, guys with a Southern drawl are the base of Trump's base. After a white supremacist rammed his auto through a crowd of activists, killing Heather Heyer, Trump held a press conference that didn't go over well at all. They took your diaper off right there.

And lots, lots more. I have a much better education than they have. I have many much more attractive homes than they do.

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