Trump, others dispute book's description of unhinged leader

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

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

In his interview with The Daily Caller, Trump denied that aides have removed documents from his view, saying "it's just made up" and that "there was nobody taking anything from me".

The former secretary of state told Cooper that the country is experiencing a "constitutional crisis" following Bob Woodward's new book, which depicts the Trump administration and the White House as dysfunctional and completely unhinged.

Mattis is described as among those in the administration who grew exasperated with Trump's limited intelligence; he complained that Trump has the understanding of a "fifth- or sixth-grader", according to Woodward.

After the April 2017 chemical attack blamed on Bashar al-Assad, Woodward claims Trump called the Pentagon chief to press for the Syrian leader's assassination.

Mr Mattis agreed to take action, but after he got off the telephone, he told an aide that the U.S. would take "more measured" steps against Syria - which eventually came as a punitive air strike. Those opposing him, ISIS and others, are not a side that we think are better.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders issued a statement as well calling the book a collection of fabricated stories, by disgruntled former employees created to make the president look bad.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, cast doubt on the account about Assad.

At one point, Trump told Woodward: "You know I'm very open to you".

The publication of Woodward's book has been anticipated for weeks, and current and former White House officials estimate that almost all their colleagues cooperated with the famed Watergate journalist.

The Washington Post got an advance of "Fear".

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- Mr Trump to former director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn when he tried to resign after Charlottesville: "This is treason".

The excerpts described a struggle by aides to rein in Trump. In the call, Trump at first acknowledges that Woodward is "fair".

She said people should take what is written in books about the president with "a grain of salt".

"In any event, what can be said is that in the framework of the coordination between the United States and Israel. the subject of the Syrian regime is certainly part of the discussions". Trump has demanded that aides identify the leaker, according to two people familiar with the matter, though it was not yet clear how they might go about doing so. It also says he called Trump an "idiot", an account Kelly denied Tuesday. It is based on accounts given by Trump's closest aides, who are often quoted as calling the president an "idiot" and a "liar".

Trump followed this with: 'The already discredited Woodward book, so many lies and phony sources, has me calling Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded" and "a dumb southerner".

In a statement to The Post, Mr Woodward said: "I stand by my reporting". "He made this up to divide!" the president said.

In the op-ed titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration", the official said he and like-minded colleagues have vowed to thwart parts of the president's agenda and his worst inclinations. Sessions has been a target of the president's wrath since recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation. The book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", says he did so following a mock-interview he conducted with Trump in anticipation of sitting down with special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump says he would have liked to speak with Woodward and he says it sounds like it will be a "negative" book. "So I have another bad book coming out".

The book is scheduled for release on September 11 and reveals a chaotic administration on the brink of a "nervous breakdown of executive power".

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