President Trump's top aides have wrought an elaborate system of schemes to keep him from taking actions they feared would hurt the country according to accounts in a new book by Bob Woodward

President Donald Trump has been hit by a fresh wave of criticism thanks to a new, highly-critical book by investigative journalist Bob Woodward.

Jimmy Kimmel said that the latest release "promises to be the president's most unflattering portrait yet", before he quipped: "It's a good thing Donald Trump doesn't read books because I don't think he'd like this one".

It goes on to say that Trump "continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic" - a stunning claim for any administration official to make, which explains the anonymity.

"The book means nothing", Mr Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. In those reports, numerous senior administration officials have described Trump's impulsive decision-making and the chaos that has often animated the President's inner circle. Trump asks in the call. The writer expresses support for numerous policies of the administration - including, presumably, many that the typical members of the "resistance" find abhorrent. And it's - you know, it's a tough look at the world and your administration and you.

In the op-ed titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration", the official said he and like-minded colleagues have vowed to thwart parts of the president's agenda and his worst inclinations.

"The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true", Kelly said, adding that the claim "is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration's many successes".


And they were published a day after the release of details from an explosive new book by longtime journalist Bob Woodward that laid bare concerns among the highest echelon of Trump aides about the president's judgment.

In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations.

Trump has slammed the book, suggested Woodward is a "Dem operative" who is trying "to divide".

Trump dismissed the book, titled Fear, as a "work of fiction" created to discredit him.

In another reported excerpt, Woodward writes that Trump told Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that he wanted to assassinate Syrian leader Bashar Assad after a chemical attack in April 2017.

Mr Kelly is also quoted in the book by the reporter who helped break the original Watergate scandal as lamenting: "We're in Crazytown". "So I have another bad book coming out".


White House press secretary Sarah Sanders also issued a scathing statement in response to the op-ed.

A defiant Trump, appearing at an unrelated event at the White House, lashed out at the Times for publishing the op-ed.

The Postpublished what it said was a conversation Woodward had with Trump after the book was finished.

"From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief's comments and actions".

The secret writer, who was vetted by the Times editorial staff, called the president amoral and erratic, and said White House staff work in concert to curb his impulses.


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