White House strikes back at Bob Woodward over new book

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White House staff concerned about President Trump's leadership have hidden documents from him to prevent him from signing off on certain actions, according to reports about an explosive new book from renowned Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward.

Chief of staff John Kelly describes Trump as an "idiot" and "unhinged", Woodward reports.

U.S. President Donald Trump wanted to assassinate Syrian President Bashar Assad after the April 2017 chemical attack on Idlib, journalist Bob Woodward writes in his upcoming book. National security advisers instead developed options for the airstrike that Trump ultimately ordered. In one meeting, Kelly said of Trump, "He's an idiot".

'He's an idiot. It is pointless to try and convince him of anything.

"I wouldn't let him see it".

Trump said of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, "This guy is mentally retarded".

Trump said to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, "I don't trust you".

Woodward's account should be subject to scrutiny-he claims to have hundreds of hours of interviews, mostly conducted on "deep background", according to the Post-but his status as a revered and trusted journalist will make it harder for the White House (and, perhaps more important, Republican lawmakers, party officials, and voters) to dismiss the obvious: Trump is a bad boss and an incompetent chief executive.

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The White House press office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the contents of the book. He has gone off the rails.

Dowd, according to Woodward, told Trump he would end up in an orange prison jumpsuit if he testified before Mueller. "He's this dumb southerner", Trump said, according to the book.

The book follows the January release of author Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury", which led to a rift between Trump and Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist who spoke with Wolff in terms highly critical of the president and his family. But the book is filled with derogatory descriptions about the president by senior advisors. "It would seem to me that General Kelly in the interest of the country needs to resign".

A key part of the 448-page book obtained by the Post centers on the lengths Trump's inner circle allegedly went to to subvert the President in order to prevent disasters from befalling the United States.

Mattis told associates after a separate incident that Trump acted like "a fifth- or sixth-grader", according to the book. "Mr. President, I'm afraid I just can't help you".

Mr Trump has grown paranoid and anxious over an ongoing federal inquiry into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation in Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, prompting aides to compare him to former President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal, Mr Woodward reported. "Man versus man. Me versus Kim", Trump said of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. "Democrats and their allies in the media understand the president's policies are working and with success like this, no one can beat him in 2020 - not even close". I told you he was a [expletive] dumbbell.

Trump did not speak with Woodward until the manuscript was complete, the newspaper reported. "He couldn't even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama".

"It's a tough look at the world and your administration and you", Woodward said.

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