(NBC News) A new tell-all book by Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward “Fear: Trump in the White House” portrays a White House in disarray and reveals new details about the president’s inner circle, his private opinions of some of his staff, and what aides did to keep him from making rash decisions.
Robert Costa wrote about the book for the Washington Post.
“The book is full of scenes about top advisors to Trump plucking papers off his desk — trade agreements, foreign policy papers — to try to keep the president away from making decisions they find alarming,” said Costa.
In the book, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is quoted as calling the president an idiot and that he’s gone off the rails, but Kelly denied making the comment.
Also in the book, Defense Secretary James Mattis is said to describe the president as having the understanding of a 5th or 6th grader.
In a recorded call with Woodward after the book manuscript was finished, President Trump denies being aware that Woodward requested an interview.
The White House calls the book “nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the president look bad.”
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