Key takeaways from Bob Woodward’s upcoming book on Trump White House

Key takeaways from Bob Woodward’s upcoming book on Trump White House

Key takeaways from Bob Woodward’s upcoming book on Trump White House

Woodward says chief economic adviser Gary Cohn and White House staff secretary Rob Porter removed documents from the president's desk to keep Mr Trump from signing them.

Another allegation made in the book is that former top economic adviser to Trump Gary Cohn stole a letter off Trump's desk to prevent the United States from withdrawing from a trade agreement with South Korea.

Mr Trump has strongly denied the claims in the book, dismissing the quotes and stories it contains as "made up frauds, a con on the public", while Defence Secretary James Mattis is also among those who have rubbished its contents.

In the biggest irony, Trump blasted the Obama White House in 2013 for "attacking" Woodward, during a controversy over an exchange Woodward had with an administration aide.

Here are most notable quotes and stories from the latest tell-all to send shock waves through the Oval Office. "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.

But after publication of the book Trump challenged Woodward's integrity.

The US president's senior aides are also quoted expressing fears that he could come across as a "goddamn dumbbell" and has gone "off the rails".

We knew as well that, given the perpetual controversy over Woodward's deep-background sourcing, there would be the usual rollout of denials over the book's revelations.

Mr Woodward tells Mr Trump he had contacted multiple officials to attempt to interview Mr Trump and was rebuffed. Kelly is quoted by Woodward repeating that sentiment, saying, "we're in crazytown....this is the worst job I've ever had". Woodward claimed he went on: "He's this dumb southerner [who] couldn't even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama".

Ahead of the release of the new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", scandalous excerpts have emerged, among them that Trump allegedly mocked Sessions' southern accent and intelligence, saying, "This guy is mentally retarded".

"I'll be a real good witness", Trump told Dowd, according to Woodward.

White House chief of staff John Kelly also rejected Woodward's reporting that he called Trump an "idiot", even though multiple outlets have also reported that Kelly has privately disparaged the President.

In one small group meeting, Kelly said of Trump: "He's an idiot".

US President Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that Congress should change libel laws so that he would be better positioned to seek "retribution" against Bob Woodward, the author of the explosive new book that portrays a presidency careening toward a "nervous breakdown".

"I assume that means it's going to be a negative book", the president replies.

Mr Trump's former lawyer, John Dowd, conducted a mock interview with Mr Trump to convince him that he would commit perjury if he agreed to talk to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russian Federation investigation, the book claims. "I probably would have spoken to him if he'd called, if he'd gotten through".

The reporter, who said the book was based on hundreds of hours of interviews, had a brief retort: "It's going to be accurate, I promise".

Woodward says he has "gained a lot of insight and documentation" and that his book will be a "tough look at the world and your administration and you".

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