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A new tell-all book paints a damning picture of the Donald Trump White House. And late Tuesday, the President fired back flat denials from him and top staff. He says the book's quotes from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Chief of Staff John Kelly were made up frauds, a con on the public.
The book, called Fear, Trump in the White House, is the latest bombshell account of working with the President. It comes from Watergate journalist, Bob Woodward, who says aides regularly ignored Trump's orders, talked behind his back, and blocked his access to documents. It draws on anonymous accounts from administration insiders.
Late Tuesday, Trump tweeted, quote, Woodward is a Dem operative? Notice timing? The Washington Post got an advanced copy of Woodward's book. It reported Trump ordered Mattis to assassinate Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad after chemical attacks in April 2017. Mattis said he'd get right on it, but instead ordered limited air strikes that didn't threaten Assad personally.
The book says Mattis later told associates after a separate incident, Trump acted like quote, a fifth or sixth grader. Trump tweeted out a denial from Mattis, where the Defense chief called the book a uniquely Washington brand of literature. In a later tweet, Trump also denied calling Attorney General Jeff Session quote, mentally retarded and dumb southerner, calling the claims made up and designed to be divisive.
Chief of Staff Kelly also denied quotes in the book, where he called Trump an idiot and said the story was total BS. White House spokesman Sarah Sanders called the account a collection of fabricated stories by disgruntled former employees designed to make the President look bad.>> As the President has stated,