New book by Woodward says Trump wanted Syrian leader killed

Posted September 05, 2018

A new book from Bob Woodward, who, in the last millennium, reported on the Watergate scandal of the Richard Nixon era, says President Trump is "crazy", is "unhinged" and loses his temper.

According to The Washington Post (the paper at which Woodward is an associate editor) the 448-page book offers an unsparing look at the commander-in-chief, gleaned from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand participants and witnesses.

-John Kelly, White House chief of staffAccording to the Post-where Woodward has worked as a reporter and editor for decades-the "thrust" of Fear: Trump in the White House "mostly focuses on substantive decisions and internal disagreements, including tensions with North Korea as well as the future of US policy in Afghanistan".

The former marine general has also doubted Mr Trump's mental faculties, declaring during one meeting: "We're in Crazytown".

'The idea I ever called the president an idiot is not true, ' he said in a statement.

On CNN Tuesday, Woodward's old journalistic partner at WaPo, Carl Bernstein, claimed the Trump presidency is a "national emergency" and Americans must do something about it.

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. "He's this dumb southerner".

Trump's former personal lawyer, John Dowd, reportedly said Trump is "a fucking liar" and told him he'd end up in an "orange jumpsuit" should he testify to Robert Mueller.

According to Woodward, Dowd communicated to Mueller and his team in a meeting this past March that the president is simply incapable of telling the truth. Woodward also writes that Defense Secretary James Mattis describes Trump as having the wherewithal of a "fifth- or sixth-grader".

No clear response strategy emerged immediately after the Post report, but insiders speculated the fallout could be worse than from Fire and Fury, given Mr Woodward's storied reputation.

Supposedly, Trump also called Sessions "mentally retarded". Woodward explained that he's disappointed Trump didn't sit down for an interview for the book and said he put in several requests. Following Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad's brutal chemical attack on his own people, the president reportedly told Mattis, "Let's f-- kill him! But never once - never - did I think Woodward made it up", Mr Fleischer said. "You don't need a strategy to kill people", Trump said, according to Woodward. "This is the worst job I've ever had". "Maybe I wasn't given messages that he called".

Trump later acknowledges in the call that Graham briefly mentioned it to him.

Woodward recounted a National Security Council meeting in which Trump asked why the USA military had so many resources invested in the Korean Peninsula.

"This thing's a goddamn hoax", Trump said about the investigation that ended with him saying, "I don't really want to testify". I never spoke to him.

In addition to being Trump's "executive assistant", she also has the title of "special assistant to the president", a designation among the senior staff of the White House that ranks below "assistant to the president" (Conway is one) and "deputy assistant to the president" (Shah is in this group).

As for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who the president has publicly berated, privately he was even more disparaging. According to the Post, it portrays a Trump White House that's filled with second-guessing by members of Trump's staff, who repeatedly bad-mouth him behind closed doors.