'We're in Crazytown': Watergate journalist's book claims chaos within Trump White House

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"Mattis was particularly exasperated and alarmed", writes Woodward in reference to a January 19 National Security Council meeting.

Administration staffers often have to engage in stealth behaviour to prevent Trump from being impulsive and to minimise disasters that could hurt the president and the country. "Sometimes it is unconventional, but he always gets results", spokeswoman Sarah Sanders added.

So Porter consulted Cohn, who told him, according to Woodward: 'I can stop this.

Reuters said the book paints "a picture of a White House gripped by fear, loathing and chaos".

-John Kelly, White House chief of staffAccording to the Post-where Woodward has worked as a reporter and editor for decades-the "thrust" of Fear: Trump in the White House "mostly focuses on substantive decisions and internal disagreements, including tensions with North Korea as well as the future of USA policy in Afghanistan".

CNN, which said it also obtained an advance copy of the book, reports that Trump's attorneys believe him incapable of telling the truth.

The White House said Tuesday the book is "nothing more than fabricated stories".

The aides and cabinet members respond, privately, with equal disdain.

According to Woodward, White House chief of staff John Kelly once told colleagues the president is "unhinged" and "an idiot", during a group meeting Trump was not present for.

"He's an idiot. It's pointless to try to convince him of anything". He has gone off the rails.

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Along with the general statement, the White House also put out a response from Chief of Staff John F. Kelly. "The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true", he said in a statement.

"We have an incredibly candid and strong relationship".

Trump reportedly attacked his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, in private even more harshly than he does in his regular Twitter tirades about the first U.S. senator to endorse his presidential campaign.

One topic looming over the administration was Robert Mueller's investigation of the President's ties to Russian Federation, and the book reveals the debate between Trump and his lawyers over whether he should testify.

Mattis told associates after a separate incident that Trump acted like "a fifth- or sixth-grader", according to the book.

The alleged assassination plot is only one of many explosive revelations included in Woodward's book on Trump's first 18 months in office.

Woodward's work also comes weeks after former White House aide and "Apprentice" contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman published an expose on her time in the West Wing, including audio recordings of her firing by Kelly and a follow-up conversation with the president in which he claimed to have been unaware of Kelly's decision. Buckle up, folks. We're all headed to crazytown whether we want to or not.

Trump told Mattis in a telephone call to kill Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, in retaliation for using chemical weapons.

Trump called U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and said "Let's fucking kill him!" Mattis subsequently informed a senior aide, "We're not going to do any of that. We're going to be much more measured".

"It felt like we were walking along the edge of the cliff perpetually", Porter is quoted as saying.

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