impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective". "Don't know why Washington politicians don't change libel laws?" "A wounded lion is a very unsafe animal, and I think Donald Trump is wounded".

Within hours of the first reports about the book, the US leader started attacking it, asserting that quotes and stories in the book "were made up frauds, a con on the public".

The writer stressed that he or she remains committed to the Republican agenda and does not side with opposition Democrats.

Yet the two never met and the book is largely reliant on anonymous sources, who paint the White House as deeply dysfunctional and a place in which even the President's closest aides call him an "idiot" and a "fucking liar". But some also expressed a desire to pull together and counter those who want to exacerbate the sense of mistrust.

Pompeo criticized Times for publishing the piece, saying it "shouldn't surprise anyone" that the "liberal" newspaper chose to print it. "He always knows where I stand, and he and I both know this story is total BS".


"While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility", the defence secretary had said.

The unsigned piece appeared to reinforce the claims made in a new book by journalist Bob Woodward, excerpts of which were made public Tuesday, that describes a virtual cabal of high-minded White House and cabinet officials scheming to prevent Trump from taking decisions damaging to the USA economy and national security.

For those unaware, the article published on Wednesday was allegedly written by a senior official in Trump's administration and claims members of his staff are actively working to undermine his actions when officials believe they may pose a risk to national security.

Some of the guess-the-author game centered on whether the author worked in the White House or a federal agency.

In response, Trump says of the Times: "They don't like Donald Trump and I don't like them".

On Thursday, Melania Trump issued a statement regarding the op-ed, accussing the author of "sabotaging" the U.S.


Lee briefed a dozen lawmakers from the House and Senate last December about Trump's fitness to be president.

Mr Coats said in a statement that speculation that he or his principle deputy wrote the piece was "patently false".

Former CIA Director John Brennan, a fierce Trump critic, called the op-ed "active insubordination. born out of loyalty to the country". Mattis is quoted as telling an aide, after hanging up the phone, "We're not going to do any of that". Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. She then veered off to start speaking about Trump winning the 2016 election and his policy wins.

Here's the CBS report on Trump's refutation of Woodward's book:What else?

The book also recounts several episodes in which the president barked dramatic orders on the fly, such as assassinating Syrian President Bashar Assad, only to back down after national security and defense staff simply refused to execute them.


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