'Idiot,' 'Unhinged,' A 'Sixth-Grader': Aides Fault Trump In Explosive New Book

'Idiot,' 'Unhinged,' A 'Sixth-Grader': Aides Fault Trump In Explosive New Book

"He couldn't even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama".

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump faced online backlash on Friday after tweeting his thoughts about Nike's Colin Kaepernick "Just Do It" ad.

Former George W Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer defended Mr Woodward's methodology.

Mr Dowd is quoted as telling the president: "Don't testify".

Trump is reacting on Twitter to one of the more incendiary claims in Bob Woodward's forthcoming book "Fear: Trump in the White House".

"He just made something up".

In a statement emailed to USA TODAY, Dowd said he has not read the book and does not plan to address "every inaccurate statement" attributed to him, but he denied he replayed the mock interview before Mueller, that he questioned the president's truthfulness and that he made the remark attributed to him about the orange jumpsuit.

Woodward also said he put in a request through White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah, but never heard back.

White House spokeswoman Ms Sanders told reporters that the book did not accurately depict the administration, adding that it had been "pretty widely pushed back on".

The White House responded to the book, saying it is "nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the president look bad". In her statement, she went on to list administration accomplishments and predicted a Trump win in 2020.

Woodward's book relies on hundreds of hours of taped confidential background interviews and dozens of sources in Trump's inner circle, as well as documents, files, diaries and memos, including a note handwritten by Trump himself.

Those are some of the explosive anecdotes in Woodward's book on Trump's first 18 months in office. Lindsay Graham of SC, to put in a good word for him as well.

The publication of Mr Woodward's book has been anticipated for weeks, and current and former White House officials estimate that almost all their colleagues cooperated with the famed Watergate journalist.

"It's really too bad, because nobody told me about it, and I would've loved to have spoken to you. I think it probably wouldn't have made a difference in the book".

"He's an idiot", Kelly said, according to the Post's account of Woodward's book. According to the book, Kelly often vented his frustration with Trump.

The Post writes that the president dismissed the importance of a military presence in the Korean Peninsula following a National Security Council meeting in January.

Mattis says in the statement: "While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility".

For this book, Woodward spoke to top aides and other insiders with the understanding that he would not reveal how he got his information, said the Washington Post, which published excerpts from the book on Tuesday.

The alleged gap between the president's orders and what his mistrustful lieutenants actually do has been most apparent in bombshell revelations about the White House approach to foreign policy. "It's pointless to try to convince him of anything". He's gone off the rails.

Mr Mattis is quoted explaining to Mr Trump why the USA maintains troops on the Korean Peninsula to monitor North Korea's missile activities. We're in Crazytown. I don't even know why any of us are here.

Calling Mr Giuliani a "baby", the book claims Mr Trump said: "I've never seen a worse defence of me in my life".

Almost four hours after his first tweet about the book, Trump tweeted again, this time at 11:01 p.m. ET to deny that he labeled Attorney General Jeff Sessions as "mentally retarded" and a "dumb southerner" in what he called the "already discredited Woodward book".

"The idea I ever called the president an idiot is not true", stated the WH chief of staff.

"He always knows where I stand, and he and I both know this story is total BS", he said. But nearly immediately, reports Woodward, some of the president's top aides began playing defense against the man who hired them.

"A third of my job was trying to react to some of the really unsafe ideas that he had and try to give him reasons to believe that maybe they weren't such good ideas", said Porter, according to CNN.

Mr Woodward also reported that after Syrian leader Bashar Assad launched a chemical weapons attack on civilians in April 2017, Mr Trump called Mattis and said he wanted the Syrian leader taken out, saying: "Kill him!"

"We are going to do some great things over the next eight years", the president said in the opening days of his term. "We're going to be much more measured".

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