Trump Calls New Book by Watergate Reporter a 'Con'

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

According to the book, Mr Trump told Mr Mattis that he wanted to have Assad assassinated after the Syrian president launched a chemical attack on civilians in April 2017.

The attack, which was widely blamed on forces loyal to the Syrian government, was carried out on the town of Khan Sheikhoun, killing more than 80 people. Woodward describes a meeting at the National Security Council in January, during which Trump repeatedly questioned Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis about why the United States spends so much money and time in the Korean Peninsula.

"Let's go in. Let's kill the f--king lot of them", Trump said in one of the highlights of the 448-page book that was described in an article Tuesday in The Washington Post, where Woodward has long worked.

It came just hours after the Washington Post published an article on the book, which also claimed that Mattis and Chief of Staff John Kelly had made derogatory remarks about the president. "We're not going to do any of that". "You don't need a strategy to kill people", Trump said, according to Woodward".

Woodward claims that Trump once asked Mattis why the US backs South Korea militarily and financially, prompting the defense secretary to tell close associates afterward that Trump had the understanding of a fifth or sixth grader. "Secretaries of defense don't always get to choose the president they work for", Mattis allegedly said in another instance.

The president's attorney also anxious that if a transcript of the interview leaked, as it inevitably would, people would say, "I told you he was an idiot".

Trump spoke to the conservative Daily Caller Tuesday after details emerged about the book.

When asked about the allegations, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley denied ever hearing threats made by Trump against al-Assad. "So I have another bad book coming out".

President Trump and several top White House officials deny saying numerous quotes that appear in Bob Woodward's new book on the Trump administration.

Members of the Trump administration are vigorously denying various insults and slights against President Trump in a new book by Bob Woodward; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports. It's pointless to try and convince him of anything. "He's gone off the rails", Kelly was quoted in the book as saying. "We're in Crazytown. This is the worst job I've had".

Trump tweets: "The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defence) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly".

Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said: "This book is nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the president look bad".

He also reportedly called Attorney General Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded", and said former national security adviser H.R. McMaster dressed "like a beer salesman". "He's this dumb Southerner", Trump said about Sessions, according to the book.

"I'll just take the paper off his desk", Cohn, who has since quit the White House, said to his staffers.

He is certainly one of the most respected and well-informed political analysts.

He became famous after he and his colleague Carl Bernstein revealed the Watergate scandal during the Nixon administration in the 1970s.

At one point, the president confronted Rob Porter, his staff secretary who had also taken a lead role in trade policy, over the failure to pull out of Nafta.

While both sides will still dive deep into the most important challenges confronting them - China, India's missile deal with Russia, Iran oil and bilateral trade - both sides know that something has changed.

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