President Trump described Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a "traitor" and "mentally retarded" to aides, according to excerpts published from an explosive new book by veteran journalist Bob Woodward. According to The Washington Post, Woodward's book is the product of hundreds of hours of interviews with witnesses and those with access to President Donald Trump done on "deep background"-meaning that all the information could be used, but he cannot reveal his sources".
Woodward's much-awaited book, Fear: Trump in the White House, shows aides routinely ignoring or acting to block orders by the United States president.
Trump called his former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus "a little rat" who "scurries around" the White House. He's this dumb Southerner.
Woodward's paper, The Washington Post, obtained a copy of "Fear: Trump in the White House" ahead of its September 11 release and described it as "a harrowing portrait of the Trump presidency, based on in-depth interviews with administration officials and other principals".
The Post describes Trump's former personal attorney in the Russian Federation probe as skittish about Trump's ability to testify without perjuring himself, quoting John Dowd as saying, "Don't testify".
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It also says he called Mr Trump an "idiot", an account that Mr Kelly denied. Following Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad's brutal chemical attack on his own people, the president reportedly told Mattis, "Let's f-- kill him!"
Woodward gained national fame for his reporting on the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, and has since written a number of books that provide behind-the-scenes glimpses of presidential administrations and other Washington institutions. One reason McMaster dresses as he does is that he has spent his life serving his country, rather than making money.
Trump said Mattis' and Kelly's statements proved that the reports in the book weren't credible. "Maybe I wasn't given messages that he called", the president told the conservative news outlet.
"I'll just take the paper off his desk", Cohn told another White House aide, according to the book.
"I'm not going to sit there and let him look like an idiot", Dowd told Mueller.
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When he learned about Mueller's appointment to lead the probe, Trump complained, "Everybody's trying to get me".
Journalists began their Pavlovian foaming-at-the-mouth on Tuesday with the release of Bob Woodward's salacious, largely anonymously-sourced anti-Trump book "Fear".
He has also published powerful and often embarrassing insider books on the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
"This thing's a. hoax", Trump finally said, before deciding he didn't want to testify after all.
On Tuesday, Kelly denied comments attributed to him in the book. Trump told Woodward he wasn't informed of the interview requests, before acknowledging that one of Woodward's intermediaries, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, had mentioned it to him. Woodward tells Trump that he had contacted many officials in an attempt to interview Trump.
"I think the President of the United States can not be seen taking the fifth". But the summary went on to say that "many of the president's senior advisers are extremely concerned with his erratic nature, his relative ignorance, his inability to learn, as well as what they consider his risky views".
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