In Woodwards book, White House staffers call Trump unhinged & an idiot

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The book claims that after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ordered chemical weapons to be used against civilians in April of past year, Trump called Mattis and said he wanted to assassinate Assad.

Trump earlier on Wednesday tweeted the book had already been refuted by Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chief of Staff John Kelly-both quoted in the book as trashing Trump or not following orders-and said it was a "shame" books could be made up. The book also goes into detail about Cohn's horrified reaction to Trump's Charlottesville remarks, which were widely derided for being sympathetic to neo-Nazis.

The Washington Post, who got an early copy of the book, reports Mattis stated that Trump's understanding of the US involvement on the Korean Peninsula was at a grade school level.

Trump accused Woodward of making up quotations attributed to Kelly and the United States defence chief, James Mattis.

Now, far be it from Paste to insinuate that these statements are among the most ridiculous denials in political history, that Trump clearly demanded them in a fit of rage, and that Mattis and Kelly are acting under duress in an desperate attempt to cover their asses and placate their unhinged master.

The publication of Woodward's book has been anticipated for weeks, and current and former White House officials estimate that almost all their colleagues cooperated with the famed Watergate journalist.

According to a tape of a call Woodward made to Trump last month, and released by The Washington Post, Trump accused the journalist of writing a "very inaccurate book" that would not reflect that no predecessor has "ever done a better job than I'm doing as president".

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".

In some ways the White House response to the preliminary news gust from Woodward's forthcoming book reflects the book's theme of a White House that is chaotic every day - riven by factions, dismissive of the man in the Oval Office, constantly one step behind events. "It's either that or an orange jumpsuit".

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The result was that they could only start pushing back hours after the story first broke, releasing a slew of statements from figures quoted indirectly by the book.

Woodward sought through multiple White House officials and others close to Trump to secure an interview with him, to no avail. This sentiment was nicely summed up by Infowars, the influential conspiracy theory website, which wrote that "it looks like WaPo journalist Bob Woodward's new book is another bash-fest symptomatic of Trump Derangement syndrome".

"I'm not gonna get into name calling because I don't think you should be allowed to call names - including the president", Isakson added.

In Woodward's telling, many top advisers were repeatedly unnerved by Trump's actions and expressed dim views of him.

In the transcript, Woodward says he reached out to various White House officials and senators about interviewing Trump, but it did not happen.

Trump insisted he "never used those terms on anyone, including Jeff", adding that "being a southerner is a GREAT thing".

But audio recordings of previous interviews contradict Trump's claim that he never called anyone "mentally retarded".

In it, the president says to the reporter "I think you've always been fair" and claims he was never contacted for an interview or informed of Woodward's soon-to-be-published work.

Former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer defended Woodward's methodology.

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