First Reports from Woodward's Trump Book Are Damning

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Woodward, who based his book on hundreds of hours of interviews with key players in the Trump administration, claimed some of these figures had deliberately protected the U.S. from its president, by ignoring his often intemperate orders.

While White House aides have become increasingly numb to fresh scandals, the book still increased tensions in the West Wing, especially given the intimate details shared and the number of people Mr Woodward appeared to have interviewed.

Aides are described snatching documents off Trump's desk to keep him from making impulsive decisions - but some of the most explosive parts are direct quotes from White House insiders.

In another episode, Gary D. Cohn, the former chief economic adviser to Trump, "stole" a letter from Trump's desk that the president had planned to sign, withdrawing the United States from a trade deal with South Korea. "There was nobody taking anything from me".

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this or other aspects of the excerpts.

After the president saw video of the aftermath of a poison gas attack on Syrian civilians in April 2017, he called Mattis, and according to Woodward, and fumed "let's f**king kill him", referring to Syria's dictator Bashar al-Assad. Women and children were among dozens killed and photographed. Trump said. Woodward quotes Mattis as telling the president he would get right on that. Mattis called the book "the product of someone's rich imagination".

Other aides insulted Mr Trump behind his back, according to the book.

She went on to list the Trump administration's accomplishments.

Chief of staff John Kelly describes Trump as an "idiot" and "unhinged", Woodward reports. He has gone off the rails.

"I'm the only thing protecting the president from the press", Woodward quoted Kelly as saying in a meeting. He always knows where I stand, and he and I both know this story is total BS.

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Late Tuesday, Trump was on Twitter denying the book's claim that he had called Attorney General Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded" and "a dumb southerner".

A central theme of the book is the stealthy machinations used by those in Trump's inner sanctum to try to control his impulses and prevent disasters, both for the president personally and for the nation he was elected to lead. He's this dumb southerner.

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.

Mr Trump said that did not take place. Mattis then prepared a note on airstrikes on Syrian military targets that Trump agreed with. So Porter consulted Cohn, who told him, according to Woodward: 'I can stop this.

"'So it sounds like you're on the fence about going to prom with me?'" He went on to say, "You're weak, Rudy". I'll never be a staffer.

Dowd told Trump: "Don't testify". When Dowd asked about the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the president unleashed a 30-minute torrent of rage.

Dowd re-enacted the exchange during a meeting with special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

"He's an idiot", Kelly is quoted as saying. "I wouldn't let him see it".

In it, the president says to the reporter "I think you've always been fair" and claims he was never contacted for an interview or informed of Woodward's soon-to-be-published work.

"You are not a good witness", Dowd replied. "What are we dealing with this idiot for?'"

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