Trump wanted Syrian president assassinated, new book says

Trump wanted Syrian president assassinated, new book says

Based on hours of interviews with second-hand sources, Mr Woodward claims that Jim Mattis, the secretary of defence, said the president had the understanding of a "fifth or sixth grader", reveals that Mr Trump failed a practice interview about the Russian Federation investigation - "Don't testify".

Trump's former personal lawyer John Dowd also pushed back against allegations against him, including that he described the President as "a f--ing liar" and that he told Trump he would end up in an "orange jump suit" if he testified to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Mattis wrote, in part: "The contemptuous words about the [p] resident attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence". He, along with Trump's national security team, then put together plans for the retaliatory airstrike that the administration eventually carried out.

Award-winning journalist Bob Woodward's latest book is being called a shocking validation of the incompetence of the Trump White House.

He has written books about every American president since Richard Nixon, whose resignation was triggered by his reporting of Watergate.

"This book is nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the president look bad", Sanders said in a statement.

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

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"If you take seriously the revelations in Bob Woodward's book "Fear" - and how can you not, given Woodward's almost half-century of scoops about Washington's elite? - then it's time for President Trump to be removed from office via the 25th Amendment because he is clearly 'unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, ' " wrote Boot on Tuesday not long after excerpts of the book were published".

President Donald Trump on Thursday once again ripped into Attorney General Jeff Sessions during an interview with Fox News.

Trump, South Korean leader to meet at UN Trump suggests Woodward is a "Dem operative" MORE, are joining Kelly in refuting claims in the book.

Separately, Mattis denied on Tuesday that he had criticized the president in the way Woodward described.

The book is to be released on September 11.

In his interview with the Daily Caller, Trump denied that Cohn had taken the letter. Trump has frequently threatened legal action against others he says have wronged him without following through.

"Sekulow's answer was classic Trump - an answer spun out of thin air, with contradictions, made-up stuff, anger", Woodward wrote.

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

Unlike previous books about the Trump White House, Mr Wood- ward's work was extensively researched with dozens of tape interviews with sources, making it harder for the President to dispute the claims. "We're in Crazytown. This is the worst job I've had".

Woodward later says he reached out to Shah, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, and Sen.

While the accounts in Fear: Trump in the White House are provided on "deep background", the episodes Woodward recounts and the quotes he attributes come from those in the room - and often, in fact, from the people who were doing the speaking. Woodward released audio of that phone conversation Tuesday. So Porter consulted Cohn, who told him, according to Woodward: 'I can stop this.

Woodward says through his interviews he "gained a lot of insight and documentation" - and that his book would be a "tough look at the world and your administration and you". You're just tapping me along.

"Those are his lawyers trying to help him not go to jail", an incredulous Colbert said before impersonating a fictional lawyer.

"It's pointless to try to convince him of anything", Kelly bemoaned in a meeting.

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