'We're in Crazytown': Watergate journalist's book claims chaos within Trump White House

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The book by Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward is the latest to throw the Trump administration into damage-control mode with explosive anecdotes and concerns about the commander in chief. Woodward sought through multiple White House officials and others close to Trump to secure an interview with him, to no avail. Shah reports directly to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and regularly addresses reporters on the president's behalf.

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Ms Sanders said the book was "nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the president look bad".

Crazytown is so insane, in fact, that President Trump - according to Woodward's sources - spontaneously decided he wanted to kill President Bashar al-Assad after the chemical attack on Syria.

Mattis told Trump he would proceed with such a plan, but immediately told an aide, after getting off the phone with the president that, "We're not going to do any of that". National security advisers instead developed options for the airstrike that Mr Trump ordered.

Rob Porter, former staff secretary, was told by Trump to ignore whatever Priebus said, saying that Priebus was "a little rat", Woodward wrote.

Woodward did not interview Trump for the book, but Trump did reach out to Woodward in August.

"Well, accurate is that nobody's ever done a better job than I'm doing as president", Trump responded.

Details from the book were published by the Washington Post on Tuesday.

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"He's this dumb Southerner", Trump is quoted as saying while mocking Sessions' accent in Woodward's new book.

Mr Cohn, who tried to rein in Mr Trump's protectionist impulses, also planned to remove a similar memo that would have withdrawn the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, Woodward wrote.

He later said that he did hear about Woodward's attempts from Graham, but noted that because Woodward didn't speak with him the reporter's upcoming tome would be "very inaccurate", and "that's too bad". "I stole it off his desk", Cohn told an associate, according to Woodward. I'm the first daughter and I'm never going to be a staffer.' Ivanka Trump listens as President Donald Trump APTrump after making a speech condemning white supremacists over violence in Charlottesville: 'That was the biggest f****** mistake I've made.

It describes a dysfunctional administration where aides steal papers to stop them being signed by the president - who they claim has the foreign policy understanding of an 11-year-old.

In one meeting, Kelly reportedly said Trump was "an idiot", and it was "pointless to try to convince him of anything".

The book says Trump blasted, "They took your diaper off right there".

Kelly's statement emphasizes he is committed to Trump's presidency, his agenda, and the country.

And Trump's former personal lawyer John Dowd describes the President as "a fucking liar", telling Trump he would end up in an "orange jump suit" if he testified to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump's comments Tuesday followed a pair of statements the White House released generally panning the book.

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