New Inside Book: Trump is Ignorant, White House Dysfunctional

A new book by Watergate journalist Bob Woodward, Fear: Trump in the White House, now claims that Donald Trump's aides say he has turned the White House into "Crazytown" and is a national security risk.

Mr Trump dismissed the publication last night as "just another bad book" and "nasty stuff".

"Fear: Trump in the White House", which is reportedly largely based on interviews with sources inside the Trump administration, finds Trump insulting his Cabinet members and highest-ranking national security officials, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, chief of staff John Kelly, former national security advisor H.R. McMaster and many others.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBrennan defends Kaepernick: He didn't kneel "to disrespect our flag" Trump warns Syria against attack on rebel stronghold: "Don't let that happen" Omarosa celebrates second week on bestsellers list despite "hit-pieces" from Trump allies MORE in a tweet Tuesday night denied allegations in reporter Bob Woodward's forthcoming book that he called Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsFlake rips Trump's attack on Sessions: He's trying to use DOJ to "settle political scores Fox News" Brit Hume to Trump: Sessions's job "is not to play goalie for a president" Republican senator slams Trump's DOJ attack: United States "not some banana republic" MORE "mentally retarded" and a "dumb Southerner". Mattis had to, painfully, tell him that the effort was "intended to prevent World War III".

According to Woodward, Defense Secretary James Mattis told close associates the president acted like and had the understanding of "a fifth or sixth grader". "Let's go in. Let's kill the fucking lot of them", Trump allegedly said, according to the longtime Washington journalist.

"I think the President of the United States can not be seen taking the fifth".

Mattis said Tuesday in a statement: "The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence".


Those are some of the explosive anecdotes in Woodward's book on Trump's first 18 months in office.

The letter would have withdrawn the U.S. from a critical trade agreement with South Korea.

The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC's requests for comment on the Post's article about Woodward's book.

Mr Trump said that did not take place.

"He just made something up".

The US remains part of both trade agreements as it negotiates new terms.

The BBC's North America reporter Anthony Zurcher says that Woodward has unrivalled access to the corridors of power, and the general Washington consensus is that it is better to talk to him than not, since colleagues - and enemies - are certainly giving him their side of the story.


But Trump also criticized Sessions for his Southern accent, reportedly mocking it and saying of his own administration's attorney general: "This guy is mentally retarded".

In a Tweet late on Tuesday, Mr Trump said Woodward wrote that he also called Sessions "a dumb southerner". "While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility", Mattis said in a statement. "He made this up to divide!"

John Dowd, who was the main outside lawyer representing Trump in Mueller's Russian Federation probe, reportedly told the special counsel in March that he wanted to stop Trump from testifying in the Russian Federation probe because "I'm not going to sit there and let him look like an idiot".

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

Trump then reached out to Woodward after the manuscript was completed, belatedly saying he wanted to participate. "This is the worst job I've ever had". He's never going to see that document.

Don't testify. It's either that or an orange jumpsuit.


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