The White House is a "crazytown" ruled by plots, paranoia and power-trips, according to a new book by veteran reporter Bob Woodward.
Woodward's latest book, Fear, is focused on the Trump White House and is set to be officially released on September 11.
They are quoted as calling him an "idiot" and a "liar".
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- In the book, Woodward confirms NBC News reporting from April that Chief of Staff John Kelly had called Trump an "idiot" and thought of himself as someone who was personally helping to save the US from disaster. "Likewise other stories and quotes". Trump has called Sessions "mentally retarded" and a "dumb Southerner", according to Woodward.
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". He always knows where I stand and he and I both know this story is total BS.
The White House, in a statement from press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, dismissed the book as "nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the President look bad".
Host Brian Kilmeade asked Sanders if the White House handled Woodward's requests to meet with Trump, which a taped conversation released by Woodward were properly turned down.
What are the allegations in the book?
According to Woodward's reporting, Trump stumbles and contradicts himself during the exercise and Dowd is convinced that Trump should never sit down with Justice Department investigators. "If the things in this book were true, there's no way that this president could be as successful as he's been". They reportedly have copies now and are reading through them to strategize a response.
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Trump himself said Woodward has "credibility problems" - though the president told the author last month he thought he had always been fair.
- In April 2017, Trump called Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and ordered the assassination of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad after the strongman attacked his own people with chemical weapons.
Woodward says chief economic adviser Gary Cohn and White House staff secretary Rob Porter removed documents from the president's desk to keep Mr Trump from signing them.
For example, according to the reports, former White House economic adviser Gary Cohn stole a letter off Trump's desk to keep him from formally withdrawing from the USA trade deal with South Korea. Woodward tells Trump he had contacted multiple officials to attempt to interview Trump and was rebuffed. After all, his investigations with Washington Post colleague Carl Bernstein helped bring down Richard Nixon and he has written books on many leaders, including George W Bush and Barack Obama.
"But just sitting down with Bob Woodward, Sarah?"
Did the president speak to Woodward?
On Twitter Wednesday, Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani pushed back on his portrayal in the book, saying the "incident about me entirely false" and Woodward "never called me".
"He's an idiot", Kelly said, according to the Post's account of Woodward's book.