Trump says Woodward book is 'work of fiction'

This guy is mentally retarded. He's this dumb Southerner' Trump reportedly said of his attorney general Jeff Sessions who recused himself from the Russia probe

This guy is mentally retarded. He's this dumb Southerner' Trump reportedly said of his attorney general Jeff Sessions who recused himself from the Russia probe

Woodward's latest book, Fear, is focused on the Trump White House and is set to be officially released on September 11.

President Donald Trump tweeted he was "tough on hell as people" in order to get things accomplished on Wednesday, in an apparent response to a scathing new book about his administration.

Almost four hours after his first tweet about the book, Trump tweeted again, this time at 11:01 p.m. EST 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".

TRUMP: Right. Well, I assume that means it's going to be a negative book. In a meeting about the Korean Peninsula, Trump's comments left Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to say that Trump understood the matter at hand like a "fifth or sixth grader". And it's - you know, it's a tough look at the world and your administration and you.

The Times' op-ed comes on the heels of excerpts of a new book by Bob Woodward, the journalist who helped bring down Richard Nixon with his reporting on Watergate. "He (Trump) is also denying it, by the way", Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz told Tel Aviv radio station 103 FM.

In a later tweet Trump also denied calling Attorney General Jeff Sessions quote "mentally retarded" and a "dumb southerner", calling the claims made up and created to be divisive.

The writer of the Times op-ed suggests that dissent and resistance inside Trump's White House are even deeper than Woodward described. He said, "You're not supposed to have a resistance in the White House to prevent your president from breaking the law and doing something irrational and unsafe". And by keeping the support of his base (78 percent of Republicans approve of him in a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll), Trump protects himself from removal either via the 25th Amendment or the Article II impeachment process.

"That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump's more misguided impulses until he is out of office", the alleged White House official wrote a day after Trump and his aides challenged the narrative of Bob Woodward's new book critical of Trump. "This is the worst job I've ever had".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders slammed the piece in a statement, which cited the "nearly 62 million people" who voted for Trump.

President Trump responds to a reporter's question during an event with sheriffs in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday.

Trump calls the publication of the unsigned piece "really a disgrace" and the White House called on the "coward" author to resign.

He later said that he did hear about Woodward's attempts from Graham, but noted that because Woodward didn't speak with him the reporter's upcoming tome would be "very inaccurate", and "that's too bad".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is also joining his House counterpart, Speaker Paul Ryan, in saying he wasn't among the sources the Washington Post journalist used for his book, "Fear: Trump in the White House".

Mr. Woodward's book is the latest to throw the Trump administration into damage-control mode with explosive anecdotes and concerns about the commander in chief.

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