Bob Woodward's Trump book should provoke a Tweet storm. 'Crazytown'

Carla Harmon
September 5, 2018

Mattis is said to have told Trump that he would get on the matter but ignored the president's request - and instead put forth very limited options for conventional airstrikes.

In the transcript of a conversation between reporter Bob Woodward and President Donald Trump reported by the Washington Post, Trump both tells Woodward that he has faith in his reporting and calls Woodward's forthcoming White House memoir "inaccurate", all in the course of an 11-minute phone call-and without having read the book. 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".

"Right, well, I assume that means it's going to be a negative book", the president said.

Since he took office, Mattis has repeatedly batted down to reporters the notion that he is out of step with President Trump. He's this dumb Southerner.

In another section, top aides told Woodward that they conspired to remove documents from Trump's desk that, if signed by the president, would have removed the United States from a trade agreement with South Korea.

Mr Trump's former lawyer in the Russian Federation inquiry, John Dowd, is said to have told Mr Trump not to agree to be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller as he doubted his boss's ability to avoid perjuring himself.

According to the book, Dowd also later told Trump: "Don't testify".

Woodward writes that Mattis told "close associates that the president acted like - and had the understanding of - 'a fifth- or sixth-grader'".

No clear response strategy emerged immediately after the Post report, but insiders speculated the fallout could be worse than from Fire and Fury, given Mr Woodward's storied reputation.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mattis dismissed the book as "a uniquely Washington brand of literature" and said the contemptuous words about Trump attributed to him "were never uttered by me or in my presence".

"This guy is mentally retarded".

The book, which has not yet been released, depicts top Trump aides sometimes sidestepping instructions to limit what they see as his damaging and risky behavior. After Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical attack on Syrians in April 2017, Trump is said to have demanded Mattis launch an assassination attempt.

"I'll just take the paper off his desk", Cohn told another White House aide, according to the book.

Kelly is depicted by Woodward as decrying the climate in the White House as "Crazytown" and blasting the president as "an idiot".

"I wouldn't let him see it". "I'm in the process of making some of the greatest trade deals ever to be made", Trump boasted, according to a transcript of the August 14 interview with Woodward released by the Post. I don't want you doing any more negotiations.

"I never got a call", Trump laments.

The book finds virtually every senior aide around the president, including his chief of staff, lawyers, national security and economy advisers, and his defense secretary consider him an "idiot", "unhinged" and a danger to the country, prone to temper tantrums and impulsive decision-making. And a John Kelly quote: "He's an idiot".

"Rudy, you're a baby", Trump reportedly said.

"I've been on the receiving end of a Bob Woodward book", he tweeted Tuesday.

Reuters said the book paints "a picture of a White House gripped by fear, loathing and chaos".

Woodward says administration officials were also concerned when the president asked for plans for a pre-emptive military strike on North Korea during the height of his feud with Kim Jong-un.

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