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

This guy is mentally retarded. He's this dumb Southerner' Trump reportedly said of his attorney general Jeff Sessions who recused himself from the Russia probe

United States defence secretary Jim Mattis, known as India's best friend in Washington DC because of his keenness to grant Delhi a waiver on impending USA sanctions against Russian Federation, is said to have been quite irritated with President Donald Trump during a nuclear standoff with North Korea this January.

"Their quotes were made up frauds, a con on the public", he added.

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.

The book quoted Trump accusing his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, of being "mentally retarded".

The BBC's North America reporter Anthony Zurcher says that Woodward has unrivalled access to the corridors of power, and the general Washington consensus is that it is better to talk to him than not, since colleagues - and enemies - are certainly giving him their side of the story. "This thing's a goddamn hoax", Trump said, according to Woodward, adding that, "I don't really want to testify".

The book follows the January release of author Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury", which led to a rift between Trump and Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist. It is. But it does mean that one should not expect this book to be a revelatory game-changer for this administration just because it resonates in the echo chambers of partisan politics and the media.

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.

"Even Trump's family is concerned the president is in deep trouble", Sherman concludes.

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When accountability begins, you will hear slogans that democracy is in danger but the process won't stop", he maintained. PM Khan said none of his cabinet members was appointed permanently and could be shuffled on the basis of performance.

But after publication of the book Trump challenged Woodward's integrity.

After Mattis hung up the phone, he told one of his aides, "We're not going to do any of that". It describes how Trump's closest aides have taken extraordinary measures in the White House to try to stop what they saw as his most risky impulses, going so far as to swipe and hide papers from his desk so he wouldn't sign them.

But audio recordings of previous interviews contradict Trump's claim that he never called anyone "mentally retarded". "Fear" renews a Woodward tradition of releasing a news-making account of a sitting president in the fall of an election season, with previous works including "The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House" and "Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account of the Decision to Invade Iraq", about President George W. Bush. Shah reports directly to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and regularly addresses reporters on the president's behalf.

He also retweeted denials from his chief of staff, Gen John Kelly, who reportedly called him an idiot, while lamenting, "It's pointless to try to convince him of anything".

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

"This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration's many successes", Kelly said.

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". And you publish that transcript, because everything leaks in Washington, and the guys overseas are going to say, I told you he was an idiot. He's had a lot of credibility problems", Trump declared in an interview to the conservative website Dally Caller after the extracts rocked the political establishment on Wednesday, adding, "I probably would have preferred to speak to him, but maybe not.

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