Bob Woodward's book on Trump: The most explosive quotes

Bob Woodward's book on Trump: The most explosive quotes

Bob Woodward's book on Trump: The most explosive quotes

Among the actual claims made in Woodward's new book are: that Trump ordered Mattis to "f**king kill" Assad; that Mattis compared Trump to a "fifth or sixth grader"; and that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly described the president as an 'unhinged idiot'.

In Woodward's telling, many top advisers were repeatedly unnerved by Trump's actions and expressed dim views of him.

Bob Woodward's Trump book is already a bestseller on Amazon ahead of its release next week, and The New York Times has detailed some of the most damning stories from Fear: Trump in the White House.

President Donald Trump responded Wednesday to a damning book about his presidency by journalist Bob Woodward by suggesting that Congress change USA libel laws.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening amped up his attacks on veteran journalist Bob Woodward, baselessly suggesting he is a Democratic operative because his new book portrays chaos and dysfunction inside the White House. Woodward, an associate editor at the Post, rose to stardom with his coverage of the Watergate break-in that brought down President Richard Nixon.

Calling it "another repeat of pure fiction" fueled by interviews with disgruntled former employees, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders Wednesday disputed the contents of an upcoming book that asserts, among other allegations, that President Donald Trump called his attorney general Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded".

"Fear: Trump in the White House", which is reportedly largely based on interviews with sources inside the Trump administration, finds Trump insulting his Cabinet members and highest-ranking national security officials, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, chief of staff John Kelly, former national security advisor H.R. McMaster and many others. Meanwhile, Kelly has issued a statement denying that he "ever called the President an idiot". The former NY mayor called for the release, specifically, of the "ones talking about me"-of tapes of interviews said to have been made during the book's research".

Trump also called Sessions a "traitor" for recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe, which is led by special counsel Robert Mueller, and putting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in charge of oversight.

Trump's comments Tuesday followed a pair of statements the White House released generally panning the book.

In the reports, Matties denied he's had to explain the basics of world politics to Trump.

THE BOOK: Rudy Giuliani tried to defend the then-presidential candidate in 2016 shortly before Election Day after a recording leaked of Trump boasting of assaulting women.

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The book is out on Tuesday, but extracts were published by the Washington Post yesterday.

When Defense Secretary Jim Mattis corrected him, Trump just replied: "Oh, OK".

"Sekulow's answer was classic Trump - an answer spun out of thin air, with contradictions, made-up stuff, anger", Woodward wrote.

While aides described his tweets as the "devil's workshop", Trump has insisted he was the Ernest Hemingway of Twitter.

"He always knows where I stand, and he and I both know this story is total BS".

"Well, a lot of them are afraid to come and talk, or - you know, they are busy", Trump responded.

Updated 4:25 p.m. | What did President Trump say and when did he say it? He added that the author "never called me".

"Everything so far I've seen out of this book doesn't depict what's going on in the building behind me".

But Trump's defence here doesn't actually line up with what we know about Woodward's book.

'He's an idiot. It is pointless to try and convince him of anything. The Post released audio of Trump expressing surprise about the book in an August conversation with Woodward and dismay that he did not have an opportunity to contribute.

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