The two most overlooked, inexplicable stories from Woodward's Trump book

US President Donald Trump was not interviewed for the book

AP US President Donald Trump was not interviewed for the book

The book also claims Trump wanted to "kill" Syrian President Bashar al-Assad earlier this year after he defied the US leader by again using chemical weapons.

"The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defense) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly", he wrote on Twitter. In a transcript and audio of the call released by the Post, Woodward tells Trump he made repeated efforts to get an interview, while a clearly irritated Trump says he would have participated if he had known.

Mattis issued a statement dismissing the book as "a uniquely Washington brand of literature" and saying the contemptuous words about Trump attributed to him "were never uttered by me or in my presence". I'm the first daughter and I'm never going to be a staffer.' Ivanka Trump listens as President Donald Trump APTrump after making a speech condemning white supremacists over violence in Charlottesville: 'That was the biggest f****** mistake I've made.

Woodward also reveals that Trump orders print outs of his tweets and studied them to find out which ones were most popular. Woodward doesn't just paint Trump as a president who ruffles feathers, you see, but also as a man who struggles with very basic facts about very important matters - including on things about which he should definitely know better.

A number of other officials from the president's staff - including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, both of whom were specifically referenced in the book - have come out against it. It also says he called Trump an "idiot", an account Kelly denied Tuesday.

On the call, Trump sounded anxious, repeating his refrain that it would be a "bad" book for him, and that Woodward did not understand just how successful he had been in office.

Trump himself is described as saving much of his ire for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The White House press office appeared caught off guard when The Washington Post published a story about the book on Tuesday, a week before its September 11 release date.

Bob Woodward's tell-all book has outraged the White House
ALEX BRANDON AP Bob Woodward's tell-all book has outraged the White House

It's tempting to view Trump's conspiracy theorising and falsehoods as a show or even a strategy.

Woodward cites as his sources hundreds of hours of interviews with mostly unnamed Trump aides and others.

"Sekulow's answer was classic Trump - an answer spun out of thin air, with contradictions, made-up stuff, anger", Woodward wrote.

Mr Kelly's predecessor, Reince Priebus, describes the presidential bedroom suite as "the devil's workshop", where Mr Trump fires off intemperate tweets early in the morning and on weekends. Kelly added that he and the President "have an incredibly candid and strong relationship" and that "he and I both know this story is total BS".

"Let's fucking kill him!" In a recording of the conversation, released on Tuesday by the Washington Post, Trump told Woodward: "you've always been fair". Cohn stayed on until March, resigning shortly after Trump said the USA would impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from a variety of countries.

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

The book features current and former aides calling the president an "idiot" and a "liar" and depicting him as prone to rash policy decisions that aides worked furiously to derail or stall.

Trump tweeted the denial statements Tuesday evening (Wednesday NZ time) and then, without providing evidence, suggested the book's release was timed to affect the midterm elections in November. So Porter consulted Cohn, who told him, according to Woodward: 'I can stop this. Subjects and critics of Woodward's books over the years have complained about his zealous approach to narrative reconstructions and some of the details in his reporting, while largely failing to undermine the broader thrusts of a body of work built upon heaps of in-depth, recorded interviews and ample documentation.

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