Trump 'wanted Assad assassinated': key claims in Bob Woodward's book

Trump 'wanted Assad assassinated': key claims in Bob Woodward's book

In his new book, Fear, the iconic journalist claims that some of the people closest to President Donald Trump, his Chief of Staff John Kelly, and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, are being driven insane behind the scenes by his apparent inability to not understand the ramifications of nuclear war.

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Meanwhile, Kelly denied the book's claims that he called Trump an "idiot", labelled his administration as "crazytown" and that he expressed regret taking up a job in the White House.

Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis is quoted explaining to Mr Trump why the USA maintains troops on the Korean Peninsula to monitor North Korea's missile activities. He's this dumb Southerner.

Trump did not understand the need for a special intelligence operation in South Korea that allows the United States to detect a North Korean missile launch within just seven seconds, versus 15 minutes from Alaska, said The Washington Post, citing veteran journalist Bob Woodward's upcoming book, Fear: Trump in the White House.

The book says Trump's former lawyer in the Russia probe, John Dowd, doubted the president's ability to avoid perjuring himself should he be interviewed in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and potential coordination with Trump's campaign.

Dowd reportedly told the president: "Don't testify".

According to the Post: "Under orders from the president, Porter drafted a notification letter withdrawing from Nafta".

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

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Trump told Mattis in a telephone call to kill Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, in retaliation for using chemical weapons. We had Omarosa's Unhinged, we had Fire and Fury, "and the novel Crazy Rich Caucasians", Colbert said.

The former NY mayor said that since he's been working for Trump he has not heard of Woodward gaining access to the White House.

"I'm not going to sit there and let him look like an idiot", Dowd told Mueller.

According to Woodward, Trump told aides "That was the biggest f-king mistake I've made" and "worst speech I've ever given". "Mr. President, I'm afraid I just can't help you".

Woodward goes through a lengthy list of enemies that Trump's continued to make within his own administration.

"He's an idiot. It's pointless to try to convince him of anything", White House Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly complained during a small group meeting.

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

Mr Trump spoke to the conservative Daily Caller after details emerged about the book, calling it "another bad book" and saying Mr Woodward has "a lot of credibility problems". Earlier this year, he called an NBC News story that Pentagon leadership had gone into "damage control mode" hours after Trump left the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit "fiction". Haley said she'd been in all the conversations about responding to the Syrian attack and "I have not once ever heard the president talk about assassinating Assad".