Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

How Trump's White House is under siege from within

How Trump's White House is under siege from within

We already knew the White House was in chaos from Bob Woodward's new book, Fear, Noah noted, recapping some of Woodward's stories.

The unidentified senior White House official who eventually wrote the anonymous op-ed in the New York Times reached out to opinion editor Jim Dao several days ago through an intermediary, according to a Wednesday CNN report.

Mattis told associates after a separate incident that Trump acted like "a fifth- or sixth-grader", according to the book.

Mr Mattis acknowledged Mr Trump's request then, after the conversation, told an aide he wouldn't do "any of that". As expected, the demonstration did not go well and Trump at one point angrily called the investigation "a goddamn hoax".

Explaining the "resistance" effort, the senior administration official offers a damning portrait of Trump's character and leadership ability. "I would know. I am one of them".

It comes from Watergate journalist Bob Woodward, who says aides regularly ignored Trump's orders, talked behind his back and blocked his access to documents. "Mikey's got a pretty good chokehold and I've said some pretty harsh words, so please keep your seatbelts fastened and enjoy your peanuts and tax cuts!'"

"The idea I ever called the [p] resident an idiot is not true, in fact it's exactly the opposite", said Chief of Staff Kelly, in a written statement.

Woodward reported that Defense Secretary James Mattis rejected a recommendation from Trump for the U.S. military to kill Syrian leader Bashar al Assad, according to excerpts published by the Washington Post.

He added in another tweet Wednesday morning that the Trump economy was booming and urged Congress to "Pass the Farm Bill with SNAP work requirements!"

By the Washington Post's latest careful accounting, Trump states a lie or falsehood eight times a day - nearing 5,000 over the course of his 20 months in office.

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Trump has been quick to pour scorn on the publication, describing it as a "con on the public" and accusing Woodward of being a "Dem operative".

The secretary of defense has made only one televised appearance on a network show since the start of the Trump presidency. "So I have another bad book coming out".

In April, NBC reported that eight different current and former White House officials say that John Kelly sees himself in exactly that role.

It's also not created to put the administration on better footing - by allegedly revealing the inner workings of the White House, this staffer has launched a molehunt that will tear apart Trump's inner staff.

In the transcript, Woodward says he reached out to various White House officials and senators about interviewing Trump, but it did not happen.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders branded the piece "pathetic, reckless, and selfish" and condemned the Times for publishing it.

Underscoring the aggressive response, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted that Woodward "got played".

He later said that he did hear about Woodward's attempts from Graham, but noted that because Woodward didn't speak with him the reporter's upcoming tome would be "very inaccurate", and "that's too bad".

- White House chief of staff John Kelly on working for Mr Trump: "He's an idiot".

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