Trump blasts book's claims that he called Sessions 'a dumb southerner'

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"Nobody told me about it, and I would've loved to have spoken to you". "I stole it off his desk", Cohn is quoted as saying. Trump asks in the call.

Bob Woodward, as you might have heard, has a book about President Donald Trump on the way.

By March, little progress had been made with Mueller. Dowd suggested Trump not testify. "We're in Crazytown", Kelly said, according to Woodward.

The The Daily Mail calls the book "explosive", and noted Woodward's "usual methods of deeply sourced reporting". The US last week announced it had reached a bilateral deal with Mexico to salvage Nafta and the Trump administration on Wednesday is due to resume negotiations with Canada to stay in the pact.

A central theme of the book is the stealthy machinations used by those in Trump's inner sanctum to try to control his impulses and prevent disasters, both for the president personally and for the nation he was elected to lead.

Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama cheers on the crowd during a President-elect Donald Trump's rally at the Ladd-Peebles Stadium, in Mobile, Alabama, December 17, 2016.

"I am very supportive of Senator McConnell, in the past and the present and the future", Graham said.

Still, Mueller at one point told Dowd that he could acquire a grand jury subpoena, which Dowd interpreted as a threat. "I'm just thinking of the possibilities here".

Mr Trump did not speak with Woodward until the manuscript was complete, the newspaper reported.

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

Trump's former lawyer, John Dowd, conducted a mock interview with Trump to convince him that he would commit perjury if he agreed to talk to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russian Federation investigation, the book says.

"When are we going to start winning some wars?"

"Why aren't we getting this done?"

Trump attacked the generals and cabinet members in the room, leaving Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson exasperated.

The White House plans to keep moving forward and "ticking off things on [Trump's] agenda", she told Fox News.

Trump reportedly questioned why the USA was spending money and military resources in the Korean Peninsula during a National Security Council meeting in January. Cohn, Woodward writes, was afraid Trump would sign the document and, in effect, void a critical piece of US national security policy. According to Woodward, Cohn told a colleague that Trump never noticed.

Woodward also prints a summary of the July 2017 meeting written by a senior White House official who spoke with its attendees.

In this latest expose, it appears that Woodward confirms many Americans' worst fear; that at a critical time in their history, they have elected the most unqualified and incompetent president in recent history.

Woodward's account relies on deep background conversations with sources, meaning their identities are not disclosed.

According to The Washington Post (the paper at which Woodward is an associate editor) the 448-page book offers an unsparing look at the commander-in-chief, gleaned from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand participants and witnesses.

In case you didn't know, Bob Woodward is one of the two Washington Post journalists who contributed to taking down none other than former President Richard Nixon and his equally problematic administration. [It] sounded like he got a real kick out of it. I'm tough as hell on people & if I weren't, nothing would get done.

"The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence", the defense secretary said.

Mr Mattis acknowledged Mr Trump's request then, after the conversation, told an aide he wouldn't do "any of that".

"Yeah, O.K.", Trump said.

"They don't tell me", Trump replied.

John F. Kelly, the chief of staff, quickly soured on Trump.

"The idea I ever called the president an idiot is not true", the White House chief of staff said, reiterating that he has "an incredibly candid and strong relationship".