“President Donald Trump’s closest aides have taken extraordinary measures in the White House to try to stop what they saw as his most dangerous impulses, going so far as to swipe and hide papers from his desk so he wouldn’t sign them, according to a new book from legendary journalist Bob Woodward,” CNN reports.
The 448-page book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” is due out Sept. 11.
Woodward’s book “provides an unprecedented inside-the-room look through the eyes of the president’s inner circle,” the story reports. “From the Oval Office to the Situation Room to the White House residence, Woodward uses confidential background interviews to illustrate how some of the president’s top advisers view him as a danger to national security and have sought to circumvent the commander in chief.”
CNN adds: “Many of the feuds and daily clashes have been well documented, but the picture painted by Trump’s confidants, senior staff and Cabinet officials reveal that many of them see an even more alarming situation — worse than previously known or understood. Woodward offers a devastating portrait of a dysfunctional Trump White House, detailing how senior aides — both current and former Trump administration officials — grew exasperated with the president and increasingly worried about his erratic behavior, ignorance and penchant for lying.”
The report notes that according to Woodward, chief of staff John Kelly describes Trump as an “idiot” and “unhinged,” Defense Secretary James Mattis says Trump has the understanding of “a fifth or sixth grader,” and Trump’s former personal lawyer John Dowd describes Trump as “a fucking liar,” telling the president he would end up in an “orange jump suit” if he testified to special counsel Robert Mueller.