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Woodward book goes on sale as ex-Trump aides push back

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Woodward said the president's staff tried to explain that this is a defensive measure.

"You can, in an nearly microscopic way, establish what occurred - and that's what I've done in this book".

Kelly is quoted calling Trump "an idiot", and Mattis is quoted saying Trump has the understanding of "a fifth or sixth-grader", but they've said they didn't make those statements.

"That's fine", Cohn said, Woodward reports.

Porter says in a statement that suggesting materials from Trump's desk were "stolen" to prevent Trump from adding his signature "misunderstands how the White House document review process works".

A new White House tell-all from journalist Bob Woodward, the election season's most-talked-about political book, officially went on sale Tuesday as several former aides of President Donald Trump sought to distance themselves from the depiction of a chaotic West Wing.

Once one person had described an episode to him, Woodward says, "I would go to other people and say, 'Did this happen?"

"And I'm not happy but I have a smile on face because the truth in all of this is going to emerge", Woodward said.

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The book has caused controversy as it reportedly portrays Donald Trump as chaotic, mercurial and uninformed. According to the book, Trump told his national security aide that United States is losing in Afghanistan.

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In other tweets Monday morning, Trump claimed that the White House, which has experienced significant staff turnover and other tumult, is a "smooth running machine" and touted economic figures under his leadership. "The Dems are going insane!" he said. Woodward attributed to him were "incorrect" and that he hadn't been called by Mr.

And the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said that she had never heard Mr Trump talking about assassinating the Syrian president.

Gary Cohn, who was the chief White House economic advisor, went so far past year as to steal an order from Trump's desk that, if the president had signed it, would have cancelled the US-South Korea trade agreement. "We're in Crazytown", Kelly said, according to Woodward.

The anonymous official, identified only as "a senior official in the Trump administration", launched a almost unprecedented attack on the President in the op-ed, saying Trump's "erratic" and "amoral" behaviour is "detrimental" to America's health.

"She's obsessed with Barron", one person told Woodward.

Woodward's devastating portrait of Trump and the high level of chaos and dysfunction of the White House, mainly reinforces the glimpses we get from the reporters who cover Trump on a daily basis and is similar in emphasis to a previous inside look; Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff. In an interview with the Independent, Hall said he sees the same thing happening in the White House now.

Trump has already tweeted his low opinion of the book.

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