'We're in Crazytown': Watergate journalist's book claims chaos within Trump White House

'We're in Crazytown': Watergate journalist's book claims chaos within Trump White House

White House staff concerned about President Trump's leadership have hidden documents from him to prevent him from signing off on certain actions, according to reports about an explosive new book from renowned Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward.

U.S. President Donald Trump unleashed a new attack Wednesday on a book depicting his presidency and White House as chaotic and dysfunctional, suggesting libel laws ought to be changed to protect against what he sees as false reports.

"The contemptuous words about the president attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence", Mattis said in his refutation, adding, "While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility". Mattis is quoted as telling an aide, after hanging up the phone, "We're not going to do any of that".

Woodward had has been among the best-selling political writers for more than 40 years, going back to his best-selling Watergate classic "All the President's Men", co-authored by fellow Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein.

What got Mattis' goat was that he felt like they'd had this exact conversation many times before, and Trump refused to either remember or process it.

The president's tweet was part an aggressive effort by the White House to discredit Woodward's forthcoming book, Fear, which paints a harrowing portrait of the Trump presidency, based on in-depth interviews with administration officials and others.

Woodward, who gained national fame for his reporting on the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, talked to top aides for the book with the understanding that he would not reveal how he got his information, the Post said.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, dismissed the book as "nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees".

In the same statement issued Tuesday afternoon, White House chief of staff John Kelly called Woodward's contention "not true" that he once referred to the president as an "idiot", describing his relationship with his boss as "incredibly candid and strong".

Supposedly, Trump also called Sessions "mentally retarded".

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is quoted as explaining to Trump why the United States maintains troops on the Korean peninsula to monitor the North's missile activities.




None of the aforementioned passages appeared in Bob Woodward's book Fear.

"Fear", which was published by Simon & Schuster and already sits at No. 1 on Amazon's best-seller list, is due out September 11.

In his interview with the Daily Caller, Trump denied that Cohn had taken the letter.

The day after, a gleeful Trump called Dowd. But, according to Woodward, Trump was not finished.

The president concluded that the statements refuted Woodward's book, and noted the "timing" of the release, though it was unclear what he meant by that. 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.

"I don't even know why any of us are here", Woodward quotes Kelly as saying.

"Let's f--ing kill him!" The "Access Hollywood" tape was "reprehensible", Giuliani said on five network shows, and besides, Trump had apologized. We are in Crazytown. You're just tapping me along. "I probably would have spoken to him if he'd called, if he'd gotten through".

The book features current and former aides calling the president an "idiot" and a "liar" and depicting him as prone to rash policy decisions that aides worked furiously to derail or stall.

"The Washington Post, which obtained a copy of the book, reported Tuesday that former Trump attorney John Dowd arranged a mock interview for January 27".

Woodward says: "I believe in our country, and because you're our president, I wish you good luck".

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