‘We're in Crazytown’: The 8 most explosive quotes from new Trump book

Bob Woodward and Donald Trump

Trump also asked "why Washington politicians don't change libel laws".

Fear: Trump in the White House - by famed Watergate reporter Bob Woodward - also details his rants. "I've killed people for a living".

U.S. President Donald Trump says he is "the exact opposite" of Bob Woodward's portrayal of him in a new book.

"I don't think Trump's going to like it, because it's a book", he joked.

The book also alleges that Kelly called Trump an "idiot".

In most of Woodward's now annual doorstops-God, the man writes with a spray-can-you can tell who the folks are who deal the juiciest material. He called Attorney General Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded" and a "dumb Southerner".

The book portrays an administration consumed by brutal infighting and a president whose anger at Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation can paralyse the West Wing for days at a time.

The coming release of Woodward's book, according to reports, has had the White House on edge for weeks. Kelly is quoted by Woodward repeating that sentiment, saying, "we're in crazytown....this is the worst job I've ever had".

She claimed in a statement: "While it is not always pretty, and rare that the press actually covers it, president Trump has broken through the bureaucratic process to deliver unprecedented successes for the American people". On 27 January, according to Woodward, the president's personal attorney John Dowd staged a mock interview session with the president to demonstrate what he feared would be the disastrous results if Mr Trump were to sit down with Robert Mueller's special counsel team investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Dowd resigned the next morning, according to the Post's timeline of events. Cohn, Woodward writes, was afraid Trump would sign the document and, in effect, void a critical piece of USA national security policy.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis replied that the administration was trying to prevent World War III.

The book recounts that Mr Mattis told "close associates that the President acted like - and had the understanding of - "a fifth- or sixth-grader".

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".

The account explains Chief of Staff John Kelly, after arguing with the president, said, "He's an idiot".

The book says Mr Trump had ordered the Pentagon to arrange the assassination of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"Well, a lot of them are afraid to come and talk, or - you know, they are busy", Trump responded.

Both officials denied the quotes, and Trump retweeted their denials. "And you publish that transcript, because everything leaks in Washington, and the guys overseas are going to say, 'I told you he was an idiot".

Since then, Woodward has written several books about the inner workings of presidential administrations.

During his comments Wednesday, Trump also claimed that the release of Woodward's book was timed to coincide with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing.

"Sean", Mattis said, according to an excerpt of the book, "Fear", obtained by CNN.

Mr Cohn, who tried to rein in Mr Trump's protectionist impulses, also planned to remove a similar memo that would have withdrawn the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, Woodward wrote.

"This thing's a goddamn hoax", Trump erupted at the start of a 30-minute rant that finished with him saying, "I don't really want to testify". I'll never be a staffer.

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