Woodward book says Trump aide privately called him 'idiot'

Woodward book says Trump aide privately called him 'idiot'

He also reportedly called attorney Rudy Giuliani "a little baby that needs to be changed".

The book quotes Trump as mocking his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who has been a target of the president's wrath since recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Other damning sections featuring Mattis include: he had to correct Trump after he got the story of John McCain's capture and torture wrong, and he carefully did not go forward with Trump's demand that the USA should "fucking kill" Bashar al-Assad after the chemical attack in April of previous year.

Cohn came to regard the president as a "professional liar" and tried to resign after Trump complimented the white supremacists in Charlottesville.

"Nobody's ever done a better job than I'm doing as president", he says.

Reportedly alarmed by Trump's volatile combination of ignorance and impulsiveness, Woodward reports that top White House aides devised a strategy of stealing documents from the president's desk so he wouldn't see or sign them. According to Woodward, John Dowd did a practice Mueller interview with Trump. Trump called Cohn's resignation letter "treason" and convinced him to stay on.

"This guy is mentally retarded", the president reportedly said.

Mr Trump makes several attempts to steer conversation toward his foreign policy achievements and economic record as president. We're in Crazytown. I don't even know why any of us are here. Previous explosive accounts of internal White House fights have often been contradicted by the president or his aides, and by subjects of the books.

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Mattis said in a statement: "The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence".

US President Donald Trump wanted to have Syrian President Bashar al-Assad assassinated previous year but his defense secretary ignored the request, according to a new book by famed Watergate reporter Bob Woodward.

"Let's [expletive] kill him".

Woodward goes on in the excerpt to say that during a National Security Council meeting Jim Mattis got frustrated when Trump repeatedly asked him why the USA spends so much money on the Korean peninsula. One reason McMaster dresses as he does is that he has spent his life serving his country, rather than making money.

Bernstein also pleaded to Chief of Staff John Kelly's sense of patriotism. His new book on US President Donald Trump's first 18 months in office is called Fear. National security advisers instead developed options for the airstrike that Trump ultimately ordered.

A scroll through Trump's Twitter feed proves he's not a huge fan of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who the president personally appointed, and Omarosa wrote in her book that Trump calls him "Benjamin Button" behind his back, but Woodward quotes Trump as calling the former Alabama senator much worse. Mattis became frustrated by the president's response, according to Woodward.

After telling the president he would "get right on it", according to the Post, he then turned to an aide and said, "We're not going to do any of that".

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