Others, like former chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, who reportedly tried to leave after he was disappointed in the president's reaction to Charlottesville, Virginia, protests, former national security adviser General H.R. McMaster, whom Woodward said the president insulted by saying he dresses in cheap suits "like a beer salesman", or former senior White House adviser Steve Bannon, who reportedly called the president's daughter a "goddamn staffer", have yet to rebuke the book.
The president concluded that the statements refuted Woodward's book, and noted the "timing" of the release, though it was unclear what he meant by that. Trump has always been thus, and Woodward's book is the latest confirmation of that reality.
Trump may be an unwieldy boss, he seemed to admit, but that's part of why Americans elected him.
"The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true", Kelly said in a statement Tuesday.
"It's just nasty stuff", the president said.
Woodward's latest book on a US president is set for public release next week.
"Sekulow's answer was classic Trump - an answer spun out of thin air, with contradictions, made-up stuff, anger", Woodward wrote. "I'm busy", Trump said.
The book, which has not yet been released, depicts top Trump aides sometimes sidestepping instructions to limit what they see as his damaging and risky behavior. "You don't need a strategy to kill people". If you call me again, I'm going to f*cking send you to Afghanistan. Sessions has been a target of the president's wrath since recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening amped up his attacks on veteran journalist Bob Woodward, baselessly suggesting he is a Democratic operative because his new book portrays chaos and dysfunction inside the White House. It also says he called Trump an "idiot", an account that Kelly denied. After Trump criticizes the US's military commitment to South Korea, one White House adviser asks Trump what he would "need in the region to sleep well at night". Dowd, who stepped down in January, resigned after the mock interview, the book says.
"They don't tell me", Trump replied. We are in Crazytown.
ALEX BRANDON AP Bob Woodward's tell-all book has outraged the White House
Mr Mattis is also quoted as saying Mr Trump had the understanding of "a fifth- or sixth-grader" - the age of 10 or 11 - in understanding foreign affairs.
Defense Secretary Mattis said, "The contemptuous words about the president attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence".
A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Rob Manning, said Mattis was never interviewed by Woodward.
The president reportedly told Mr Mattis to assassinate Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian dictator, in April 2017 after he used chemical weapons.
The President allegedly shouted: "Let's ******* kill him!"
He denied the charge then, calling it "total B.S.", and he's denying it now.
"I'm not gonna get into name calling because I don't think you should be allowed to call names - including the president", Isakson added.
She said people should take what is written in books about the president with "a grain of salt".
Key allies have pushed back against the book, which quotes Trump aides disparaging the president's judgment and claiming they plucked papers off his desk to prevent him from withdrawing from a pair of trade agreements. "When you put a snake and a rat and a falcon and a rabbit and a shark and a seal in a zoo without walls, things start getting nasty and bloody", he allows, according to Woodward's account. "I am into fiction like General Mattis, so maybe I'll take a look at this one". "I probably would have preferred to speak to him, but maybe not".
Bob Woodward, as you might have heard, has a book about President Donald Trump on the way. "Republicans want STRONG BORDERS and NO CRIME", the White House statement reads, echoing both Trump's campaign-trail rhetoric and Twitter syntax and capitalization.
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