Donald Trump Wanted Syrian Leader Killed, Bob Woodward Claims In Book

Bob Woodward’s new book claims Trump aides snatched away president's papers to protect national security

He said his book is drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand participants and witnesses that were conducted on "deep background", which meant he could use the information but not reveal its source.

Woodward quotes an exasperated Chief of Staff John Kelly doubting Trump's mental faculties, declaring during one meeting, "We're in Crazytown". She told reporters at United Nations headquarters that she had been privy to conversations about the Syrian chemical weapons attacks, "and I have not once ever heard the president talk about assassinating Assad". Meanwhile, Kelly has issued a statement denying that he "ever called the President an idiot".

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. Trump has called Sessions "mentally retarded" and a "dumb Southerner", according to Woodward.

In Woodward's book, John Dowd, the President's lawyer (since replaced), endures an terrible mock deposition that leads him to conclude that in order to avoid being fired with a prison-style "orange jumpsuit", Trump should avoid answering questions from the team investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

According to the book, Dowd also later told Trump: "Don't testify".

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

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

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. "But never once - never - did I think Woodward made it up". Now that I'm older, though, I truly realize the significance of what Woodward and Bernstein did, and what happens after the release of FEAR ... well, we'll see.

President Donald Trump's White House is mired in a perpetual "nervous breakdown" with staff constantly seeking to control a leader whose anger and paranoia can paralyze operations for days, according to a new book by Bob Woodward.

"Let's go in. Let's kill the f--king lot of them", Trump said in one of the highlights of the 448-page book that was described in an article Tuesday in The Washington Post, where Woodward has long worked. Earlier this year, he called an NBC News story that Pentagon leadership had gone into "damage control mode" hours after Trump left the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit "fiction".

The book details a conversation between the president and Senator Lindsay Graham where Trump calls Barack Obama a "weak dick" for refusing to take action in Syria.

In his brand new tell-all titled simply 'Fear, ' famous journalist Bob Woodward pens that John Kelly and Jim Mattis are as unhappy with the president's antics as the rest of us. Fear: Trump in the White House is published by CBS's publishing house. So Porter consulted Cohn, who told him, according to Woodward: 'I can stop this.

The book finds virtually every senior aide around the president, including his chief of staff, lawyers, national security and economy advisers, and his defense secretary consider him an "idiot", "unhinged" and a danger to the country, prone to temper tantrums and impulsive decision-making. A report in Politico reinforces this account, noting that Trump has been "griping to aides and lawmakers that the attorney general doesn't have the Ivy League pedigree the president prefers, that he can't stand his Southern accent and that Sessions isn't a capable defender of the president on television".



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