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Hugh Fox
September 7, 2018

Mr Trump took to Twitter to complain about the journalist's book, Fear: Trump In The White House, which claims the president's chief of staff John Kelly disparaged him as an "idiot".

The Washington Post, which obtained an advance copy of the book by the veteran chronicler of modern presidents, reported on Tuesday (Sept 4) that Mr Woodward describes Mr Trump manically pressing his staff for actions that could lead to major conflict - leaving them little choice but to disregard his orders.

Said Bob Corker, R-Tenn., on Tuesday: "I think we all know it's likely he is going to terminate him after the midterms".

Since the Watergate expose appeared in The Washington Post in the early 1970s, Woodward has published powerful, insightful and often embarrassing books on eight USA leaders, including George W. Bush and Barack Obama, based on extensive access to many White House insiders.

Mattis was quoted as having told associates that Trump acted like "a fifth- or sixth-grader", in excerpts published by the Washington Post of a book by Watergate reporter Bob Woodward.

It reported Trump ordered Mattis to assassinate Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad after chemical attacks in April 2017.

Citing unidentified senior White House officials, Woodward recounted that Mattis told Trump that he would "get right on it", but quickly reversed course.

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"The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence". He's gone off the rails.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, I just spoke with Kellyanne.

Trump also called Sessions "mentally retarded" and a "traitor" for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation, according to the Washington Post, which reviewed a copy of the book.

In an in August, Trump said the only reason he tapped Sessions to be his attorney general was because of his loyalty during the 2016 presidential election.

"I don't think Woodward made anything up".

The unidentified senior aide claims members of the administration had explored the possibility of removing Trump from office using the 25th amendment, a constitutional mechanism to allow for the replacement of a sitting president who is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office", but had decided against it.

Mueller has asked the White House for access to Trump, and administration officials have negotiated for months over how that might happen.

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Trump did not speak to Woodward until after the book's manuscript was completed.

The Washington Post published the first details of the book on Tuesday, which describe the Trump White House as "an administrative coup d'etat" and a "nervous breakdown" of the executive branch. "What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening", he told supporters earlier this year.

"I don't even know why any of us are here".

Mr Trump and other officials have denied some accounts.

Mattis' statement follows a pair of denials from the White House regarding Woodward's book. "This coward should do the right thing and resign", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

"They don't like Donald Trump and I don't like them", he said of the newspaper. He also informed the President that the book - "Fear: Trump in the White House" - was done (it comes out on September 11) and that Trump was too late.

Staff actively worked to insulate themselves from Trump's "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective" leadership style, the writer said. The book discusses a mock interview that attorneys conducted with Trump in which the president fared poorly, and that lawyers re-enacted parts of that interview for Mueller himself.

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Mr Mattis is quoted explaining to Mr Trump why the United States maintains troops on the Korean Peninsula to monitor North Korea's missile activities.

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