The White House on its part has said that the book tells "fabricated stories" from "disgruntled" ex-staff.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who spends more time with the president than any other official, thinks the president is "unhinged", according to Woodward, who writes that in one small group meeting, Kelly said, "He's an idiot".
Following the controversial claim, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley denied that Trump ever planned to assassinate Assad. "I have not once ever heard the president talk about assassinating Assad", she told reporters at UN headquarters. "This is a pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump".
In another instance, Defense Secretary James Mattis allegedly said Trump had the comprehension of "a fifth- or sixth-grader" after having to explain to the president that the US military presence on the Korean peninsula is intended "to prevent World War III"-just one instance when aides had to explain governing basics to the president".
Justice lawyer was told Russia had 'Trump over a barrel'
The FBI had stopped using Steele as a source shortly before the election after he shared information with Mother Jones magazine . Steele also reportedly said that a Trump campaign aide had more contact with Russian officials than had been revealed.
Most shockingly, along with still-current-as-of-this-writing lawyer Jay Sekulow, Dowd actually told Mueller all of this and even re-enacted some of the mock interview for him. It's pointless to try and convince him of anything. He's gone off the rails.
Trump tweets: "The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defence) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly". "I don't even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I've ever had".
But Trump also criticized Sessions for his Southern accent, reportedly mocking it and saying of his own administration's attorney general: "This guy is mentally retarded". But according to Woodward, he quietly saved the South Korea-US trade agreement, known as Korus, when in 2017 he removed a "letter off Trump's desk" that the president planned to sign that would have ordered a US withdrawal. He's this dumb Southerner.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpBrennan defends Kaepernick: He didn't kneel "to disrespect our flag" Trump warns Syria against attack on rebel stronghold: "Don't let that happen" Omarosa celebrates second week on bestsellers list despite "hit-pieces" from Trump allies MORE in a tweet Tuesday night denied allegations in reporter Bob Woodward's forthcoming book that he called Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsFlake rips Trump's attack on Sessions: He's trying to use DOJ to "settle political scores Fox News" Brit Hume to Trump: Sessions's job "is not to play goalie for a president" Republican senator slams Trump's DOJ attack: United States "not some banana republic" MORE "mentally retarded" and a "dumb Southerner". "Let's go in. Let's kill the f**king lot of them", Trump allegedly told Mattis.
In a statement on Tuesday, Mr Mattis dismissed the book as "a uniquely Washington brand of literature" and said the contemptuous words about Mr Trump attributed to him "were never uttered by me or in my presence".
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Defense Secretary James Mattis responded: "We're doing this in order to prevent World War III". He told Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: "You're past your prime".
President Trump on Tuesday asked whether Bob Woodward could be "a Dem operative" after an early copy of the veteran reporter's soon-to-be-released book portrayed a chaotic White House plagued by infighting and bad-mouthing against the president.
"We have begun BUILDING THE WALL". The shocking book written by the only somewhat reputable Michael Wolff, who - through the Donald Trump's sheer mismanagement - had been given free reign in the White House?
The president also, perhaps without realizing it, revealed a telling aspect of how his West Wing works.
"Let's [expletive] kill him!"
Sane omission shows no player safe at Man City, says Jesus
The last passes [were] not good or not clever, but we didn't concede in the second half. City have scored 16 goals in the last five matches between these two teams.