'Idiot,' 'Unhinged,' A 'Sixth-Grader': Aides Fault Trump In Explosive New Book

05 September, 2018, 18:39 | Author: Alicia Barber
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The White House also released a statement attributed to Kelly in which he renewed his denial of ever calling Trump an "idiot".

Later, Trump himself joined in with a Twitter post that called the anecdotes circulating from the Woodward book "frauds, a con on the public".

He continued on Wednesday: "The already discredited Woodward book, so many lies and phony sources, has me calling Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded" and "a dumb southerner".

Some of the striking contents of the book were published by The Washington Post on Tuesday, ahead of its September 11, release.

In the book, Trump is described by staff as ignorant and impulsive.

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Woodward says he has "gained a lot of insight and documentation" and that his book will be a "tough look at the world and your administration and you". "It's pointless to try to convince him of anything". We're in Crazytown. I don't even know why any of us are here. She told reporters at United Nations headquarters that she had been privy to conversations about the Syrian chemical weapons attacks, "and I have not once ever heard the president talk about assassinating Assad". "So I have another bad book coming out".

According to The Washington Post, which obtained an early copy of the book, it portrays a chaotic Trump White House filled with second-guessing by members of Trump's staff, who repeatedly bad-mouth him behind closed doors.

Trump says he would have liked to speak with Woodward and he says it sounds like it will be a "negative" book.

"I was criticized in one magazine, where the writer was retarded", Trump said at the time. "They know they can't give him the Michael Wolff treatment", referring to Michael Wolff's White House bombshell "Fire and Fury".

Woodward, an associate editor at The Washington Post, has said he stands by his reporting.

Former defence attorney John Dowd and colleagues did not want Trump to testify before Russian Federation special counsel Robert Mueller because they didn't think he could tell the truth. "If the things in this book were true, there's no way that this president could be as successful as he's been".

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

Dowd, in a statement Tuesday, said "no so-called "practice session" or "re-enactment" took place and denied saying Trump was likely to end up in an orange jumpsuit.

For example, according to the reports, former White House economic adviser Gary Cohn stole a letter off Trump's desk to keep him from formally withdrawing from the US trade deal with South Korea.

Trump told Defence Secretary Jim Mattis he wanted to have Syrian leader Bashar Assad assassinated after evidence surfaced of a chemical weapons attack on rebels in that country; Mattis ignored the request and planned the targeted missile strike on chemical weapons facilities that Trump eventually approved.

Mattis is described as among those in the administration who grew exasperated with Trump's limited intelligence; he complained that Trump has the understanding of a "fifth- or sixth-grader", according to Woodward.

Mattis said in a statement that he never uttered "contemptuous words" about the president, and added that Woodward's "anonymous sources do not lend credibility" to his book. "He has an incredible story to tell".

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