Trump says Woodward book is 'work of fiction'

President Trump walks from the Oval Office to board the Marine One helicopter last week

The President has tweeted twice about the new book, writing: 'The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defense) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly.

According to BBC, which quotes an early excerpt of Woodword's book, staff have hidden documents and removed papers from his desk to keep him from signing them.

Israel's intelligence minister said on Wednesday he had no knowledge of close ally U.S. President Donald Trump ever ordering the killing of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

The writer, one of a duo with Carl Bernstein whose reporting for the Post on the Watergate scandal brought down president Richard Nixon, has published powerful and often embarrassing insider books on presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Mr. Trump insisted he "never used those terms on anyone, including Jeff", adding that "being a southerner is a GREAT thing". Sessions has been a target of the president's wrath since recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Mattis' statement follows a pair of denials from the White House regarding Woodward's book.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders rejected the Woodward book in a statement that dismissed it as "nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the president look bad". "We did so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure", the Op-Ed's disclaimer reads. It also says he called Mr. Trump an "idiot", an account Mr. Kelly denied Tuesday.

The New York Times, it would not be inaccurate to say, has been at loggerheads with the Donald Trump administration nearly since the day the real estate mogul-turned-politician took office.

The book contains quotes attributed to top White House aides that ridicule Trump's intellect. So we're going to have a very inaccurate book, and that's too bad.

Mr. Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani pushed back on his portrayal in the book on Wednesday, saying the "incident about me entirely false" and Woodward "never called me". "If I were not here, I believe The New York Times probably would not exist", he said.

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But in a statement released by the White House, Kelly denied calling Trump an "idiot".

Mr Mattis agreed to take action, but after he got off the telephone, he told an aide that the USA would take "more measured" steps against Syria - which eventually came as a punitive air strike. National security advisers instead developed options for the airstrike that Trump ultimately ordered.

United States ambassador Nikki Haley denied that Mr Trump had ever planned to assassinate Mr Assad.

Trump is quoted as telling his hand-picked 80-year-old secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross, "I don't trust you.

This is what we have to deal with", Trump said.

The depiction of Trump's leadership described in the op-ed and the book match what has been reported by news organizations and other writers since he took office in January 2017.

Woodward's is set to be published by Simon & Schuster on September 11.

In an official written statement, the White House also attacked the opinion column and criticized its author.

Asked what he thought of Trump's claim that Sessions was "mentally retarded", Shelby, the fifth most senior Republican senator, added: "I think that's strong words". "Maybe I wasn't given messages that he called. I would've spoken to you". Wolff's book attracted attention with its lively anecdotes but suffered from numerous factual inaccuracies.

Moments later, Trump bashed the New York Times in off-the-cuff comments delivered at the White House in which he called the essay "anonymous, meaning gutless".

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