‘We're in Crazytown’: The 8 most explosive quotes from new Trump book

Cristina Cross
September 6, 2018

Kelly, who has always been rumoured to be close to resigning, once called Trump an "idiot" and said the White House staff was operating in "crazytown", according to the book.

United States defence secretary Jim Mattis, known as India's best friend in Washington DC because of his keenness to grant Delhi a waiver on impending USA sanctions against Russian Federation, is said to have been quite irritated with President Donald Trump during a nuclear standoff with North Korea this January.

The book quotes White House Chief of Staff John Kelly as describing Trump as "unhinged" and calling him an "idiot" who had "gone off the rails".

"Secretaries of defense don't always get to choose the president they work for", it adds.

She adds that President Donald Trump's accomplishments don't get enough coverage in the press, saying "Democrats and their allies in the media understand the president's policies are working and with success like this, no one can beat him in 2020 - not even close".

"I'm the only thing protecting the president from the press", Woodward quoted Kelly as saying in a meeting.

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Some of the book's most anticipated anecdotes concern the Russian Federation investigation, and Trump's lawyers' desires to keep the president out of an interview with lead investigator Robert Mueller.

"The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defense) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly", he wrote on Twitter.

He adds: "Their quotes were made up frauds, a con on the public". He made this up to divide!

Woodward's book, which is described as based on in-depth interviews with those in and around the West Wing, details a dysfunctional White House in which Trump is an unpredictable boss not respected by top aides.

"I'm not trying to threaten you", Mueller reportedly told Dowd. Following the recusal, Trump is believed to have lobbied Republican lawmakers to oust Sessions, who "talks like he has marbles in his mouth", according to White House aides.

Fear, to be published on Tuesday by Simon Schuster, describes a White House racing toward a "nervous breakdown", where key aides have taken to removing papers from Mr Trump's desk to prevent risky policy decisions, and where senior figures, such as John Kelly, the chief of staff, refer to the president as an "idiot". For the liberal elites in major cities such as Washington, New York or San Francisco, the book is simply another confirmation that Trump is unfit for office and a danger to the country and the world.

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According to a tape of a call Woodward made to Trump last month, and released by The Washington Post, Trump accused the journalist of writing a "very inaccurate book" that would not reflect that no predecessor has "ever done a better job than I'm doing as president".

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

Woodward had has been among the best-selling political writers for more than 40 years, going back to his best-selling Watergate classic "All the President's Men", co-authored by fellow Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein.

A central theme of the book is the stealthy machinations used by those in Trump's inner sanctum to try to control his impulses and prevent disasters, both for the president personally and for the nation he was elected to lead.

- John Dowd, who served as Trump's personal lawyer for matters related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation until March, when he resigned, was so concerned that Trump would perjure himself if he submitted to an interview with Mueller's team that he put together a mock question-and-answer sessions with Trump to prove his case. This sentiment was nicely summed up by Infowars, the influential conspiracy theory website, which wrote that "it looks like WaPo journalist Bob Woodward's new book is another bash-fest symptomatic of Trump Derangement syndrome".

A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Rob Manning, said Mattis was never interviewed by Woodward.

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