Tell-all book ‘Fear’ sets up Trump-Woodward clash of titans

Bob Woodward's new book has chief of staff John Kelly calling President Trump an'idiot who has'gone off the rails

The cover of the book, "Fear", from publisher Simon & Schuster, by author Bob Woodward, about the White House under President Donald Trump.

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"I've been on the receiving end of a Bob Woodward book", he tweeted Tuesday.

When things go bad in a White House, they're the ones who see talking to Woodward as a way to distance themselves from the stench of failure and maintain some semblance of a future career. The book also includes the first release of meaty dialogue between Mueller and Trump's lawyers.

Mattis called the book "fiction", and Sanders denounced the tome in a statement as "nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees" without disputing any of the specifics that have been reported in excerpts. "It's a lot of anonymous sources".

John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, is said to have told a small group meeting: "He's an idiot".

Dowd reportedly told the president: "Don't testify". So Porter consulted Cohn, who told him, according to Woodward: 'I can stop this. "Obviously, the president would've wanted to".

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The statement from Mr Mattis describes the book as "a product of someone's rich imagination" and adds: "The contemptuous words about the president attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence".

Priebus chimes in with his own assessment of how animals behave on the White House hunting grounds. The Post released a transcript of their phone call. "I assume you read it, I hope you read it last night", Trump said Wednesday. "But never once - never - did I think Woodward made it up", Mr Fleischer said. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Fox News she hasn't spoken with Trump about filing any libel lawsuit. Like Jeff Sessions and Stephen Miller, Kelly may be hanging on at the White House because he shares many of his boss's goals. "And then, out of habit, he added, 'But I'm not the father, '" Meyers said. "He's had the most successful two years than any president in modern history and we're continuing to do that every single day".

The article charges that the book describes "Trump's paranoia" about the Russian Federation investigation, which apparently was triggered by some opposition research assembled with the financial funding of the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Defense Secretary James Mattis (to whom Woodward attributes the "sixth-grader" quote) and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (to whom Woodward attributes the "unhinged" and "idiot" quotes) both indeed disputed that they said anything of the sort about Trump.

The claims - revealed in excerpts in the Washington Post from the book which is due to be released on September 11 - have been strongly denied by Mr Mattis, the United States president and the White House. I don't even know why any of us are here.

But, Woodward said in the same note, Trump declined to be interviewed, leaving the tale largely his advisers' telling. "The president wants that same type of fervor applied to some of the people that have been so politically biased against him and so politically biased against Republicans and conservatives to be looked at as well". The Washington Post also released audio of Trump and Woodward discussing the failure to arrange an interview at some length. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), among others.

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