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White House staff concerned about President Trump’s leadership have hidden documents from him to prevent him from signing off on certain actions, according to reports about an explosive new book from renowned Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward.
Woodward’s latest book, Fear, is focused on the Trump White House and is set to be officially released on Sept. 11.
The Washington Post and CNN reported highlights from the text on Tuesday.
Woodward’s book, which is described as based on in-depth interviews with those in and around the West Wing, details a dysfunctional White House in which Trump is an unpredictable boss not respected by top aides.
For example, according to the reports, former White House economic adviser Gary Cohn stole a letter off Trump’s desk to keep him from formally withdrawing from the U.S. trade deal with South Korea.
Trump’s current chief of staff, John Kelly, also is quoted calling Trump an “idiot” and “unhinged” and describes his White House role as the worst job he ever had.
In another reported excerpt, Woodward writes that Trump told Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that he wanted to assassinate Syrian leader Bashar Assad after a chemical attack in April 2017.
Mattis is said to have told Trump that he would get on the matter but ignored the president’s request — and instead put forth very limited options for conventional airstrikes. The United States twice has attacked targets inside Syria as punishment for Assad’s use of chemical weapons.
Mattis is described as among those in the administration who grew exasperated with Trump’s limited intelligence.
" All tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but once the fraud is exposed they must rely exclusively on force. " — George Orwell.
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