Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

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

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

U.S. President Donald Trump wanted to have Syrian President Bashar al-Assad assassinated a year ago but his defense secretary ignored the request, according to a new book that depicts top Trump aides sometimes disregarding presidential orders to limit what they saw as damaging and unsafe behavior.

President Trump calls The New York Times "gutless" for publishing an anonymous op-ed reportedly from a senior administration official who claims individuals inside the White House are working to thwart the president; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports.

Trump also called Sessions "mentally retarded" and a "traitor" for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation, according to the Washington Post, which reviewed a copy of the book.

The Post reports Priebus is quoted in Woodward's book describing White House staffers as "natural predators". The Post released audio of Trump expressing surprise about the book in an August conversation with Woodward and dismay that he did not have an opportunity to contribute.

GREENE: OK. So it shows the president's starting to talk about what he might see from this book.

"This guy is mentally retarded".

"I'll just take the paper off his desk", Cohn told another White House aide, according to the book. One reason McMaster dresses as he does is that he has spent his life serving his country, rather than making money. Dowd, who stepped down in January, resigned after the mock interview, the book says.

Regarding the fraught relationship between the president and his chief of staff, the Post reported Woodward found that Kelly "frequently lost his temper" over Trump, and that he thought the president was "unhinged". He was especially concerned about a transcript of the interview getting leaked and revealed to leaders overseas, Woodward wrote.

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The President's tweet is "so contrary to the traditions of the Department of Justice", Toobin said Tuesday. United States political scientist and columnist Brian Klass called Mr Trump's outburst "insane".

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Jay Sekulow, counsel to the president, said: "We continue to maintain an ongoing dialogue with the Office of Special Counsel". The question of whether Trump will submit to an interview has been a long-running debate inside the president's legal team.

"Don't testify. It's either that or an orange jumpsuit", Dowd is quoted telling the president. "It's either that or an orange jumpsuit".

Trump joked it was the "nicest quote about me I think I've ever had".

Woodward's book, set to be released next Tuesday, comes from hundreds of interviews with participants and witnesses, along with meeting notes, personal diaries, and government documents. He said, 'Not only is it not true; I'd like to write a statement.' I said, 'Thank you very much.

The writer alleged that "there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment" to remove Trump from office because of the president's "instability".

Meanwhile, Mr Trump's lawyer, John Dowd, is so convinced that Mr Trump would commit perjury if he was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller that he convinced the U.S. president in the strongest possible terms not to testify. "It's just made up", he told the Daily Caller. "That's his nature", Dowd said to Mueller, according to CNN's account.

A new book by Watergate reporter Bob Woodward, "Fear: Trump in the White House", says Trump told his defence secretary that he wanted to have Assad assassinated in response to a chemical attack on Syrian civilians in April 2017.

The text was pulled apart for clues: The writer is identified as an "administration official"; does that mean a person who works outside the White House? "This coward should do the right thing and resign", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. In her statement, she went on to list administration accomplishments and predicted a Trump win in 2020. The book, which is scheduled for release on September 11, is the latest to detail tensions within the White House under Trump's 20-month-old presidency. Some of the aides out right declined those requests, sources said. Lindsay Graham of SC, to put in a good word for him as well.

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