Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Donald Trump condemns Bob Woodward book as 'con'

Donald Trump condemns Bob Woodward book as 'con'

"He's an idiot", Chief of Staff John Kelly said about the president another time, Woodward writes.

Woodward, one of the journalists who helped uncover the Watergate scandal, portrays the Trump White House as chaotic and dysfunctional in his new book Fear. In a recording of the conversation, released on Tuesday by the Washington Post, Trump told Woodward: "you've always been fair".

Woodward's book, which is set to release next week on September 11th, paints a devastating portrait of President Trump and his White House.

"During a meeting last July, Trump's national security advisers attempted to "educate" the president on foreign policy".

His inner circle tried to restrain his impulses and stop damaging information from reaching him.

Don Lemon reads excerpts from the book that offer insight into the Trump administration. Cohn stayed on until March, resigning shortly after Trump said the USA would impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from a variety of countries.

When another aide drew up an order to withdraw the USA from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, Mr Cohn reportedly said: "I can stop this. I'll just take the paper off his desk'".

Woodward claims that Trump once asked Mattis why the United States backs South Korea militarily and financially, prompting the defense secretary to tell close associates afterward that Trump had the understanding of a fifth or sixth grader. "Secretaries of defense don't always get to choose the president they work for", Mattis allegedly said in another instance.

Mr Cohn, who tried to rein in Mr Trump's protectionist impulses, also planned to remove a similar memo that would have withdrawn the USA from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, Woodward wrote.

Crazytown is so insane, in fact, that President Trump - according to Woodward's sources - spontaneously decided he wanted to kill President Bashar al-Assad after the chemical attack on Syria.

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In a statement on Tuesday, Mr Mattis dismissed the book as "a uniquely Washington brand of literature" and said the contemptuous words about Mr Trump attributed to him "were never uttered by me or in my presence". "Let's f***ng kill him!" Mattis reportedly told the president he'd follow the orders, but then told aides, "We're not going to do any of that".

Mr Trump said that did not take place. Trump asks in the call.

"I'm not going to sit there and let him look like an idiot", Dowd is quoted as telling Mueller.

The US president's senior aides are also quoted expressing fears that he could come across as a "goddamn dumbbell" and has gone "off the rails". We had Omarosa's Unhinged, we had Fire and Fury, "and the novel Crazy Rich Caucasians", Colbert said. "We're in Crazytown. This is the worst job I've had". "So I have another bad book coming out".

According to witnesses, Trump called his Attorney General Jeff Sessions "mentally r*******" and a "dumb southerner" before mocking his accent.

He also ridiculed his lawyer Rudy Giuliani as "a little baby". "I stole it off his desk", Cohn told an associate, allegedly terrified Trump might sign it. "I wouldn't let him see it".

US President Donald Trump wanted to have Syrian President Bashar Al Assad assassinated a year ago but his defence secretary ignored the request, according to a new book that depicts top Trump aides sometimes disregarding presidential orders to limit what they saw as damaging and risky behaviour.

You don't need a strategy to kill people.

"The really interesting story is this very unusual man is getting so much stuff done", Gingrich said, calling the Woodward book "a smear".

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