Trump claims he is exact opposite of Woodward book portrayal

The Latest: Kelly says he didn't call Trump an idiot

The Latest: Kelly says he didn't call Trump an idiot

In a Tweet late on Tuesday, Trump said Woodward wrote that he also called Sessions "a dumb southerner".

The day's events came the same week as veteran investigative journalist Bob Woodward shared the first excerpts of his upcoming book about the current administration, Fear: Trump in the White House.

The unsigned piece appeared to reinforce the claims made in the new book by investigative journalist Bob Woodward, which describes a virtual cabal of like-minded White House and cabinet officials scheming to prevent Trump from taking decisions damaging to the United States economy and national security. The book says presidential aides snatched sensitive documents off his desk to keep him from making impulsive decisions. "No, they never called me about it. Senator Graham actually mentioned it quickly in one meeting".

The comments come a week after it was revealed that Trump last month privately revived the prospect of firing Sessions, with whom he has clashed on issues including the Russian Federation investigation and presidential interference in the judiciary.

The publication of Mr Woodward's book, due for publication next Tuesday, has been anticipated for weeks.

And in a blistering statement, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused the author of choosing to "deceive" the president by remaining in the administration.

Woodward did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"We are incredibly proud to have published this piece, which adds significant value to the public's understanding of what is going on in the Trump administration from someone who is in a position to know", a Times spokesperson said in response to the White House statements.

"He's an idiot", Kelly said, according to the Post's account of Woodward's book. Mr. Dowd, who stepped down in January, resigned after the mock interview, the book says.

Dowd, in a statement Tuesday, said "no so-called "practice session" or "re-enactment" took place and denied saying Trump was likely to end up in an orange jumpsuit. There were quotes in it I didn't like.

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In between Trump saying no senator mentioned it and him admitting Graham mentioned it comes this line from Woodward: "Senator Graham said he had talked to you about talking to me".

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., who served alongside Sessions during his 20 years as senator for Alabama, said: "Well, I'm sure I've got that accent, wouldn't you think?" White House chief of staff John Kelly denied calling the president an idiot.

And in April 2017, after Syria's Bashar al-Assad attacked civilians with chemical weapons, Mr Woodward reports, Trump demanded Mr Mattis assassinate Mr Assad. National security advisers instead developed options for the airstrike that Trump ultimately ordered.

The book also details some of Mr Trump's own insults.

Regarding the fraught relationship between the president and his chief of staff, the Post reported Woodward found that Kelly "frequently lost his temper" over Trump, and that he thought the president was "unhinged".

The book is also filled with interviews from officials expressing grave concerns about Trump's fitness for office.

Woodward's is set to be published by Simon & Schuster on September 11.

But, the official wrote, "we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic".

While he does not name his sources, Woodward says he spoke with many people now or formerly working for Trump as he researched the book, discussing not just the president's personality but also major policy debates regarding North Korea and Afghanistan. "Maybe I wasn't given messages that he called". But you know, I'm some - I'm sort of 50 percent used to that.

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