'Idiot,' 'Unhinged,' A 'Sixth-Grader': Aides Fault Trump In Explosive New Book

Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, whose reporting helped bring down President Richard Nixon, writes that top aides were said to steal papers off the president's desk so he couldn't end trade deals.

Woodward's book relies on hundreds of hours of taped confidential background interviews and dozens of sources in Trump's inner circle, as well as documents, files, diaries and memos, including a note handwritten by Trump himself.

Woodward quotes an exasperated Chief of Staff John Kelly doubting Trump's mental faculties, declaring during one meeting, "We're in Crazytown".

U.S. President Donald Trump wanted to have Syrian President Bashar al-Assad assassinated a year ago but his defense secretary ignored the request, according to a new book that depicts top Trump aides sometimes disregarding presidential orders to limit what they saw as damaging and risky behavior. It also says he called Trump an "idiot", an account Kelly denied Tuesday.

"This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration's many successes", said Kelly.

Woodward's book, titled Fear: Trump in the White House, claims that Trump called Attorney General Jeff Sessions "a traitor" and complained that "everybody's trying to get me" when he found out that Robert Mueller had been appointed special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.

TrTrump administration officials who reportedly criticized the president in Bob Woodward's upcoming book should go find another job, Rudy Giuliani, one of President Donald Trump's lawyers, told CNBC on Tuesday.

"Appalled" by the possibility of Trump signing the letter, Cohn told an associate that he snatched it in an effort to prevent the president from seeing it, the book recounts. Other presidents may have had a problem with a staff person or two, and some staffers became disgruntled, but we don't know of a White House characterised by this kind of mutual contempt. I've never seen a worse defense of me in my life. "This guy is mentally retarded", the President continued.

Trump's loyal West Virginia voters, I'll venture to say, are unlikely to have a better education and more lovely homes than the elite they despise.

And in April 2017, after Syria's Bashar al-Assad attacked civilians with chemical weapons, Woodward reports, Trump demanded Mattis assassinate Assad.

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"I think the President of the United States can not be seen taking the fifth".

"Today, story after story released [from Woodward's book] - denied by the White House", the Lou Dobbs Tonight host said tonight.

Woodward reports that the former top White House economic adviser Gary Cohn "stole a letter off Trump's desk" that, if signed, would have withdrawn the United States from its free trade agreement with South Korea, as well as another draft letter on withdrawing from Nafta.

The President allegedly shouted: "Let's ******* kill him!"

According to Woodward, Trump told aides "That was the biggest f-king mistake I've made" and "worst speech I've ever given". I told you he was a [expletive] dumbbell.

Interestingly enough, Trump did not appear to believe Woodward had any "credibility problems" during their discussion.

But even if Woodward doesn't break ground in conceptual terms, he does provide damning new evidence to buttress what we already know - that after more than 18 months in office, Trump is just as unqualified as ever to be president.

During a meeting last July, Trump's national security advisers attempted to "educate" the president on foreign policy.

Another book, another round of sensational claims about the Trump White House. It's pointless to try to convince him of anything.

"I probably would have preferred to speak to him, but maybe not".

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