'Idiot,' 'Unhinged,' A 'Sixth-Grader': Aides Fault Trump In Explosive New Book

Rosalie Gross
September 7, 2018

Mike Huckabee spoke out Wednesday on The Intelligence Report against the frequent use of anonymous sources in veteran reporter Bob Woodward's new book about Trump's White House.

The book portrays Trump as prone to profane outbursts and impulsive decision-making, painting a picture of the chaos that Woodward says amounts to an "administrative coup d'etat" and a "nervous breakdown" of the executive branch.

It's true, John Kelly and Jim Mattis - both men of honor who've not been outed, even by this vicious anti-Trump media, as liars - both dispute facets of the book. "It's a work of fiction", Trump told reporters.

Trump said it was a "gutless editorial" and "really a disgrace", and his press secretary called on the official to resign. "You know I'm very open to you".

Woodward, who rose to fame via his coverage of the Watergate scandal during the Richard Nixon presidency in the early 1970s, is an associate editor at the Washington Post, which published excerpts of the book Tuesday.

In the piece, titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration", the writer - a senior White House official - claimed to be part of a larger group of officials actively working to save the administration from its volatile leader.

The book, which is set to be released on September 11., alleged that Trump's current and former aides have called him an "idiot" and a "liar".

In a later tweet Trump also denied calling Attorney General Jeff Sessions quote "mentally retarded" and a "dumb southerner", calling the claims made up and created to be divisive.

Stephen Colbert, who took a break from the "Late Show" for the past two weeks, explained how the book meant they had to redo the show's script: "It seems like an explosive book about the Trump White House comes out every few minutes".

The book is not out yet, but you don't have long to get your hands on a copy...

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I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

The unsigned piece appeared to reinforce the claims made in the new book by investigative journalist Bob Woodward, which describes a virtual cabal of like-minded White House and cabinet officials scheming to prevent Trump from taking decisions damaging to the United States economy and national security. "This is the worst job I've ever had".

The Wall Street Journal is already reporting on the attempts to ferret out the op-ed's author at the White House.

The book quotes Mr. Kelly as having doubts about Mr. Trump's mental faculties, declaring during one meeting, "We're in Crazytown".

FILE - White House press secretary Sarah Sanders speaks during a press briefing at the White House, May 7, 2018.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

In his interview with The Daily Caller, Trump denied that aides have removed documents from his view, saying "it's just made up" and that "there was nobody taking anything from me".

A book, by Bob Woodward, coming out about Trump, includes information given in interviews by many people close to Trump.

Soon after the statements were released, Trump put out a single-word tweet appearing to describe his thoughts on his renegade official's anonymous op-ed.

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