Trump Calls Bob Woodward After Hearing About Book - Here’s the Transcript

Defense Secretary James Mattis then told colleagues Trump had the mental ability of'a fifth or sixth-grader

Most of the transcript reveals a boggling back and forth between Woodward and Trump (with a guest appearance by White House counselor Kellyanne Conway) about Woodward's many unsuccessful attempts to interview Trump for the book, called "Fear".

Kelly denied the claims and said: "The idea I ever called the president an idiot is not true". "Here we see and hear his aides by name day after day after day say, the president is unhinged, he is a rage-a-holic, he is a danger to our national security".

According to a Washington Post report , a new book on the Trump presidency by legendary journalist Bob Woodward includes details of how then-economic adviser Gary Cohn stopped the president from ordering an exit from Nafta and a trade deal with South Korea.

According to Woodward, one of the president's attorneys, John Dowd, felt his client would commit perjury if interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller.

"This book is nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the President look bad".

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".

Of course Trump has had frightful things to say about Barack Obama, but it's not like he called him a "weak d**k" in the debates like he reportedly did in private.

■Trump called Mattis, saying he wanted to assassinate the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, after Assad launched a chemical attack on civilians in April 2017. I think you've always been fair.

The defense chief said in his statement that "responsible policy making in the real world is inherently messy", though "it is also essential that we challenge every assumption to find the best option".

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And we imagine that's just a small taste of the political tea spilled in the 448-page book "Fear: Trump in the White House", which the whole world can read starting September 11.

"Let's [expletive] kill him". "I'm in the process of making some of the greatest trade deals ever to be made", Trump boasted, according to a transcript of the August 14 interview with Woodward released by the Post. "Mr. President, I'm afraid I just can't help you".

Mr Trump also told Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross he didn't trust him.

The book describes a National Security Council meeting on January 19 in which Trump questioned the necessity of the USA military presence in South Korea, along with the early warning system to detect a North Korean missile and even the need to spend resources in the region at all.

Donald Trump's chief of staff, General John Kelly, has repeatedly referred to the United States president as an "idiot", it has been claimed.

Mr Trump did not speak to Mr Woodward until after the book's manuscript was completed.

"Fear: Trump In The White House" paints a picture of an administration in chaos, with Trump aides quoted as calling him an "idiot" and admitting they snatched sensitive documents off his desk to keep him from taking rash actions.

"So I have another bad book coming out", Trump said towards the end of the conversation.

This is not just a book about an administration; it's a window into a White House that is tearing at the seems and a commander who is genuinely not mentally fit to run it-something that the public has known for a while, even without the firsthand access Woodward provides to put the nail in the coffin. I never spoke to him.

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