'Fear' grips Washington as Trump is portrayed as greatest danger to US

Eloise Marshall
September 5, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump unleashed a new attack Wednesday on a book depicting his presidency and White House as chaotic and dysfunctional, suggesting libel laws ought to be changed to protect against what he sees as false reports.

Mr Trump says quotes attributed to Mr Mattis and Mr Kelly were "made up frauds, a con on the public".

The White House has long denied that it sought out options for what the media has called a "bloody nose", or limited, strike on North Korea.

Here are most notable quotes and stories from the latest tell-all to send shock waves through the Oval Office.

Mattis also reportedly had to rein in USA policy after a phone call in which the president supposedly ranted about wanting to "f*cking kill" Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Mr Mattis told associates after a separate incident that Mr Trump acted like "a fifth or sixth-grader (primary school student)", according to the book.

First, he took issue with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly claiming his current position is the worst job he's ever had by saying the worst job Kelly will really ever have "will be explaining to your grandkids why you worked for the big, orange baby-cager".

After all, his investigations with Washington Post colleague Carl Bernstein helped bring down Richard Nixon and he has written books on many leaders, including George W Bush and Barack Obama.

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The US president's senior aides are also quoted expressing fears that he could come across as a "goddamn dumbbell" and has gone "off the rails".

Image copyright AFP Image caption Trump allegedly says on Assad: "Let's [expletive] kill him!" But Mattis reportedly told an aide: "We're not going to do any of that". Woodward tells Trump he had contacted multiple officials to attempt to interview Trump and was rebuffed. Kelly is quoted by Woodward repeating that sentiment, saying, "we're in crazytown....this is the worst job I've ever had".

Colbert closed by reiterating one of the anecdotes from the book: that Trump's former lawyer John Dowd and his lawyer Jay Sekulow conducted a practice interview with Trump about the Russian Federation investigation.

"While it is not always pretty, and rare that the press actually covers it, President Trump has broken through the bureaucratic process to deliver unprecedented successes for the American people", she continued. And he was harsh and blunt with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, telling him "I don't trust you". So Porter consulted Cohn, who told him, according to Woodward: 'I can stop this. I'm committed to the president, his agenda, and our country.

Of course, since this White House already has a staggering number of ex-employees, Woodward had a target-rich environment.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mr Mattis dismissed the book as "a uniquely Washington brand of literature" and said the contemptuous words about Mr Trump attributed to him "were never uttered by me or in my presence".

- John Dowd, who served as Trump's personal lawyer for matters related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation until March, when he resigned, was so concerned that Trump would perjure himself if he submitted to an interview with Mueller's team that he put together a mock question-and-answer sessions with Trump to prove his case.

In a statement to The Post, Woodward said, "I stand by my reporting". I'll never be a staffer.

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