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

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

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

Trump on his Twitter habits: Woodward recounts that after the messaging platform doubled its character count for a single tweet from 140 to 280, Trump told then-White House staff secretary Rob Porter, "It's a good thing, but it's a bit of a shame because I was the Ernest Hemingway of 140 characters".

"It's just another bad book", Trump told the Daily Caller.

Mr Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani also hit back on his own portrayal in the book, saying an incident depicted in the book was "entirely false", and adding that Mr Woodward "never called me".

Dowd also scoffed at several points made in the book, saying he never referred to Trump as a "liar" or suggest that the president would end up in an "orange jump suit". And he stressed that he didn't speak to Woodward.

"I never got a call. I probably would have spoken to him if he'd called, if he'd gotten through".

"The Woodward book is a scam".

Press secretary Sarah Sanders says in a statement: "This book is nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the President look bad".

In the first of two tweets, Trump cited denials by Kelly and other aides in claiming that "their quotes were made up frauds, a con on the public".

Chief of staff John Kelly told colleagues he saw Mr Trump as "unhinged" and "an idiot".

"The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true", Kelly said in a statement Tuesday.

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President Donald Trump's former attorney in the Russian Federation investigation says scenes and comments in journalist Bob Woodward's explosive new book on Trump did not occur. Dowd, who stepped down in January, resigned after the mock interview, the book said.

Mattis also denied the quotes attributed to him in Woodward's book.

In a statement emailed to USA TODAY, Dowd said he has not read the book and does not plan to address "every inaccurate statement" attributed to him, but he denied he replayed the mock interview before Mueller, that he questioned the president's truthfulness and that he made the remark attributed to him about the orange jumpsuit. "Let's go in. Let's kill the f**king lot of them", Mr Trump said to Gen. Mattis, according to the book. US, India sign deal on sharing intel Bolton, Wray deny writing anonymous NYT op-ed US, India sign new deal on military collaboration, sharing intel MORE saying Trump has an understanding of the Korean Peninsula on par with that of a fifth or sixth grader, and former National Economic Council Director Gary CohnGary David CohnBernstein: Congress should hold hearings on Trump's fitness for office Bolton, Wray deny writing anonymous NYT op-ed Psychiatrist: Trump admin officials contacted me because president was "scaring" them MORE stealing a piece of paper off of Trump's desk to prevent him from withdrawing from a trade deal with South Korea.

Woodward recounts that Mattis - having had to explain to the president that the U.S. must keep forces in South Korea "to prevent World War III" - told colleagues Trump had the understanding of "a fifth- or sixth-grader", a 10- or 11-year-old child.

Mr Dowd also expressed his concerns directly to Mueller, Woodward writes. National security advisers instead developed options for the airstrike that Trump ordered.

Trump has called Sessions "mentally retarded" and a "dumb Southerner", according to Woodward. "I'm busy", Trump said. "He couldn't even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama". The Post released audio of Trump expressing surprise about the book in an August conversation with Woodward. Wolff's book attracted attention with its vivid anecdotes but suffered from numerous factual inaccuracies. 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.

Since the Watergate expose appeared in The Washington Post in the early 1970s, Woodward has published powerful, insightful and often embarrassing books on eight United States leaders, including George W. Bush and Barack Obama, based on extensive access to many White House insiders.

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

The Washington Post and CNN reported highlights from the text on Tuesday.

Trump spoke to reporters in the Oval Office Wednesday.

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