Woodward: White House officials hid papers from 'unhinged' Trump

Bob Woodward's Trump book should provoke a Tweet storm. 'Crazytown'

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Woodward, an associate editor at The Washington Post, describes Trump's lack of curiosity and knowledge about world affairs and his contempt for the mainstream perspectives of military and intelligence leaders in the 448-page book, which is based on interviews with administration officials and other principals, the Post said.

Woodward's account should be subject to scrutiny-he claims to have hundreds of hours of interviews, mostly conducted on "deep background", according to the Post-but his status as a revered and trusted journalist will make it harder for the White House (and, perhaps more important, Republican lawmakers, party officials, and voters) to dismiss the obvious: Trump is a bad boss and an incompetent chief executive.

At one point, the Chief of Staff John Kelly is quoted as clearly doubting Trump's mental wellness, and in a staff meeting went off on how much he hates the job.

Donald Trump's chief of staff, General John Kelly, has repeatedly referred to the United States president as an "idiot", it has been claimed. "This is the worst job I've ever had", Kelly is quoted as saying at a staff meeting.

Trump treated top aides with scorn, the book says, telling Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that he was past his prime and calling Attorney General Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded". He's this dumb Southerner. I think it probably wouldn't have made a difference in the book.

According to Fear, Trump told White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter that Sessions was a "traitor" for recusing himself from overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

Some of what Woodward reports has always been rumored in Washington, but he appears to have nailed down with his reporting the evidence showing that Trump had to be talked out of pulling U.S. troops out of South Korea and Afghanistan, planning a preventive strike against North Korea, assassinating Bashar al-Assad of Syria, and tearing up the North American Free Trade Agreement and the U.S. -Korea Free Trade Agreement.

CNN and The Washington Post obtained early copies of the book, which is due to be published September 11.

'He couldn't even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama'. If we'd had Bob Woodward hanging out with Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the stories we would've gotten of dysfunction, of confusion, or manipulation.

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"I embrace such debate and the open competition of ideas".

John quoted WaPo's summary of Woodward's book at great length in his post but there are so many jaw-dropping bits that no excerpt can do them justice.

"Let's fucking kill him!"

But comments like that don't end with Kelly. He said he never said about the president the things the book claims he said, nor did anyone in his presence.

Administration staffers often have to engage in stealth behaviour to prevent Trump from being impulsive and to minimise disasters that could hurt the president and the country.

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

Woodward did not interview Trump for the book, but Trump did reach out to Woodward in August.

Trump mocked National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster behind his back, doing some sort of impression of him and insulting his suits.

While White House aides have become increasingly numb to fresh scandals, the book still increased tensions in the West Wing, especially given the intimate details shared and the number of people Mr Woodward appeared to have interviewed. Woodward describes a meeting at the National Security Council in January, during which Trump repeatedly questioned Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis about why the U.S. spends so much money and time in the Korean Peninsula.

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