Woodward's revelations raise disturbing questions about Trump

Woodward's revelations raise disturbing questions about Trump

Trump in turn is portrayed as having low opinions of many of his senior staffers, reportedly mocking Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and others.

These are some of the explosive excerpts being reproduced in the American media from a new book titled "Fear" by acclaimed investigative journalist Bob Woodward of Watergate fame that professes to describe the "nervous breakdown" of the Trump Presidency in "crazytown" Washington DC.

In Trump's latest tweet, he suggested that he might file a libel lawsuit against Woodward over the book. Trump has called Sessions "mentally retarded" and a "dumb Southerner", according to Woodward.

After the chemical attack on Syrian civilians in April 2017, which prompted outrage across the world, Mr Trump reportedly said: "Let's f****** kill him!"

White House Chief of Staff John F Kelly frequently lost his temper, telling colleagues he thought the president was "unhinged", according to Woodward.

Colbert joked that the book, which is titled Fear: Trump in the White House, is "a book named after the emotion Trump feels whenever he sees a book".

"This book is nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the President look bad", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

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Secretary of Defense James Mattis said the Pentagon would "get right on it" after Trump made his request, according to Woodward, but after getting off the phone with Trump, Mattis made it clear to his staff that they were not going to follow through with Trump's plan. Their quotes were made up frauds, a con on the public. Woodward himself issued a brief statement saying he stands by his reporting.

'He's an idiot. It is pointless to try and convince him of anything.

"We're not going to do any of that". He has gone off the rails.

Trump's former lawyer, John Dowd, conducted a mock interview with Trump to convince him that he would commit perjury if he agreed to talk to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russian Federation investigation, the book says.

According to Woodward, when Trump finally condemned them, he nearly immediately told aides: "That was the biggest fucking mistake I've made" and the "worst speech I've ever given". At the urging of advisers, he then condemned white supremacists and neo-Nazis, but nearly immediately told aides, "That was the biggest fucking mistake I've made" and the "worst speech I've ever given", according to Woodward's account.

The reports about the book say Woodward got his information on "deep background", meaning he could write what he was told, but could not name sources, so the allegations are all anonymous.

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