Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

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

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

The former secretary of state told Cooper that the country is experiencing a "constitutional crisis" following Bob Woodward's new book, which depicts the Trump administration and the White House as dysfunctional and completely unhinged.

The writer of the Times op-ed said Trump aides are aware of the president's faults and "many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations". And we are trying to do what's right even when Donald Trump won't.

The book quotes Mr. Kelly as having doubts about Mr. Trump's mental faculties, declaring during one meeting, "We're in Crazytown".

The book, "Fear", is set for release later this month, but excerpts obtained by major media outlets today include shocking accounts of staffers filching papers from President Donald Trump's desk out of fear he'd sign them, Trump's lawyers warning the president he'd end up in an orange jumpsuit if he testified in court, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis comparing Trump to a 'fifth- or sixth-grader'.

Following Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad's brutal chemical attack on his own people, the president reportedly told Mattis, "Let's f-- kill him!"

Citing unidentified senior White House officials, Woodward recounted that Mattis told Trump that he would "get right on it", but quickly reversed course.

Mattis issued a statement dismissing the book as "a uniquely Washington brand of literature" and saying the contemptuous words about Trump attributed to him "were never uttered by me or in my presence". He's gone off the rails. "Big deal", Trump told Woodward, according to a transcript of a telephone call released by the Post.

"It's just another bad book", Trump told the Daily Caller. For this book, Woodward spoke to top aides and other insiders with the understanding that he would not reveal how he got his information, the Post reported. Mattis concluded the call, then said, " We're not going to do any of that. "I think it probably wouldn't have made a difference in the book". McConnell says he won't discuss "observations by these apparent sources" Woodward used about Trump.

The book is being considered the ultimate report on what happens inside the White House.

Trump also tweeted out written statements by aides on the Woodward book, including one from his chief of staff. 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".

"I do not know of any such instruction". Mr Dowd, who stepped down in January, resigned after holding a mock interview with Mr Trump as a practice session, the book says.

"I have not read Bob Woodward's book, which appears to be the most recent in an endless cycle of accusations and misrepresentations based on anonymous statements from unknown malcontents".

The latest book to cause consternation in the White House, Fear: Trump in the White House, has been tagged as a "con on the public" by the subject himself. There were quotes in it I didn't like.

In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations.

The unnamed official painted a portrait of a divided White House because of misgivings over the behaviour of President Trump himself.

Dowd resigned when the president changed his mind and made a decision to testify.

In a statement to The Post, Mr Woodward said: "I stand by my reporting".

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