Woodward on Trump: Explosive claims in the latest White House tell-all

Some of the most senior figures in Mr Trump's administration are quoted in the book disparaging the president's intellectual abilities.

The The Daily Mail calls the book "explosive", and noted Woodward's "usual methods of deeply sourced reporting".

"I can stop this".

Fear, to be published on Tuesday by Simon Schuster, describes a White House racing toward a "nervous breakdown", where key aides have taken to removing papers from Mr Trump's desk to prevent unsafe policy decisions, and where senior figures, such as John Kelly, the chief of staff, refer to the president as an "idiot". He, along with Trump's national security team, then put together plans for the retaliatory airstrike that the administration eventually carried out.

This amounts to an "administrative coup d'état", Woodward says.

On 27 January, according to Woodward, the president's personal attorney John Dowd staged a mock interview session with the president to demonstrate what he feared would be the disastrous results if Mr Trump were to sit down with Robert Mueller's special counsel team investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Dowd told Trump later that month: "Don't testify".

"Let's [expletive] kill him".

Ms Conway is one of the aides with direct access to the president.

"Let's go in. Let's kill the ******* lot of them". "How many more lost limbs?"

"So we're going to have a very inaccurate book, and that's too bad", Trump said.

"He always knows where I stand, and he and I both know this story is total BS", Kelly said, referring to Trump.

"I'm not gonna get into name calling because I don't think you should be allowed to call names - including the president", Isakson added. Trump responded, according to Woodward, "Oh, okay". "You're past your prime". Trump is quoted as describing Reince Priebus, Kelly's predecessor, as "a little rat". "He just scurries around".

Late Tuesday night, Trump denied a specific portion of the book about Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Trump slams Canada's `decades of abuse' after Nafta talks stall
On Friday, Trump informed Congress that he will sign a revised pact with Mexico within the next 90 days, according to the U.S. It's unclear where Canada and the US stand in negotiations and whether NAFTA talks could soon come to a close.

- Gary Cohn, who served as Trump's top economic adviser until March, "stole a letter of Trump's desk" that the president was going to sign that would have withdrawn the USA from a trade pact with South Korea. Woodward claimed he went on: "He's this dumb southerner [who] couldn't even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama".

"This was no longer a presidency". Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tweeted that "The White House has become an adult day care center". "This is a man being who he is".

The book follows the January release of author Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury, which led to a rift between Mr Trump and Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist, who spoke with Mr Wolff in terms that were highly critical of the President and his family. We're in Crazytown.' Donald Trump flanked by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (Right)Mr Trump on attorney general Jeff Sessions: 'This guy is mentally retarded.

After Trump left the meeting, Woodward recounts, "Mattis was particularly exasperated and alarmed, telling close associates that the president acted like - and had the understanding of - 'a fifth- or sixth-grader.'?"

The book, Fear: Trump In The White House, presents a chilling account of how key people in Trump's administration describe the frustration of dealing with the narcissistic and unhinged president.

"The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true", he said in a statement.

The president concluded that the statements refuted Woodward's book, and noted the "timing" of the release, though it was unclear what he meant by that.

"It's not that you're lying or you're bad or anything like that", Dowd told him. "I probably would have spoken to him if he'd called, if he'd gotten through".

The reporter, who said the book was based on hundreds of hours of interviews, had a brief retort: "It's going to be accurate, I promise".

"I'm not trying to threaten you", Mueller reportedly told Dowd.

"You have people like General Mattis, General Kelly, two American heroes, come out and call the book pure fiction", Sanders said Wednesday.

"It's just another bad book". "I slept like a rock", the president said.

Trump - about to be on the receiving end of a potentially damaging book written by a Washington insider with bipartisan, established credentials - is utterly calm on the recording.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.