New book by Woodward says Trump wanted Syrian leader killed

Five Excerpts from Bob Woodward’s New Book on the White House That Is Sure to Enrage Trump

Five Excerpts from Bob Woodward’s New Book on the White House That Is Sure to Enrage Trump

Woodward, who helped break the Watergate scandal over 40 years ago, is still a highly respected Washington journalist.

How has the president responded?

Trump tweets: "The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defence) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly".

Mattis also denied the quotes attributed to him in Woodward's book. Likewise other stories and quotes.

The president refers to his attorney general as "mentally retarded", and according to Woodward said, "He's this dumb Southerner".

Kelly says, "The idea I ever called the president an idiot is not true".

"He always knows where I stand, and he and I both know this story is total BS".

"This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration's many successes", Kelly said.

However, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, the entire book is nothing more than a bunch of "fabricated stories" told by "disgruntled" former employees to make the president "look bad".

Trump has hit back in a series of tweets claiming that Woodward was working for the Democratic party and that publication of the book was timed to damage the Republicans in the midterm elections in November.

What are the allegations in the book?

"If they said it [to Woodward], they should be questioning why they are there".

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: U.S. "not some banana republic" MORE "mentally retarded" and a "dumb Southerner". "Let's f***ng kill him!"

Not only that, the book further mentions that Defence Secretary James Mattis likened his intellect to "a fifth or sixth grader" - a child aged 11 or 12 and Trump's lawyer John Dowd is said to have deemed him a "f****** liar" and warned of jail if he agreed to a formal quiz over Russian Federation links. But Woodward's book repeats the claim, according to the Post.

Mr Mattis is also quoted as saying Mr Trump had the understanding of "a fifth- or sixth-grader" - the age of 10 or 11 - in understanding foreign affairs.

His top economic adviser reportedly even "stole" letters from his desk to stop the president making dramatic changes in America's trade policy.

"It felt like we were walking along the edge of the cliff perpetually", Mr Porter is quoted as saying.

Mr Woodward writes that the President was dismissive about having the United States military on the Korean peninsula, even though it allowed them to detect a North Korean missile launch in seven seconds rather than 15 minutes from Alaska. The national security team developed options for the more conventional airstrike that Trump ultimately ordered.

"No, Mr. President, I think you've got it reversed", Mattis is reported to have told him.

The Post published sections of reporter Robert Woodward's book on Tuesday.

Woodward is considered one of the most renowned investigative political journalists in recent decades.

Did the president speak to Woodward?

And you publish that transcript, because everything leaks in Washington, and the guys overseas are going to say, 'I told you he was an idiot.

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