"We are in crazy town", John Kelly, Trump's Chief of Staff allegedly says in Bob Woodward's forthcoming book, Fear. The tell-all book reveals the ongoings of the White House as well as sheds light on the life of the United States President Donald Trump. The book is scheduled to release on September 11.
Along with Kelly, other staff of the White House, former and current have spoken to Bob Woodward (of the Watergate scandal) and divulged details of the chaotic atmosphere that is the White House.
The book describes the animosity among the staff, the infighting and the 'unhinged behaviour' of the President. According to the book, the staff is allegedly frustrated with the President's 'erratic behaviour, and his penchant for lying'. Excerpts of the book were obtained by CNN.
The book describes how Trump has become increasingly paranoid and has shut himself off from everyone. The book goes on to say how Trump's close aides have become increasingly concerned with his "ignorance and inability to learn".
Kelly has construed Trump as an 'idiot' and 'unhinged', according to the book by Bob Woodward. Defence Secretary, James Mattis says that the President has an understanding of a 'fifth or sixth grader'. Trump's former personal lawyer, John Dowd calls Trump a liar and says that if he testified against Trump to Special Council Robert Mueller, the president would be in an 'orange jumpsuit'.
While Fear claims that Trump's close aides are growing tired of him and his antics, Trump's staff has released statements denying many claims in the book.
John Kelly, on Tuesday, denied that he called Trump an 'idiot'. James Mattis said that the book is the product of some imagination and Dowd denied the "orange jumpsuit" comment.
Kelly said in a statement, "The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true." He said, "As I stated back in May and still firmly stand behind. I spend more time with the President than anyone else, and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship. He always knows where I stand, and he and I both know this story is total BS. I'm committed to the President, his agenda, and our country. This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration's many successes."
James Mattis said, "The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence. While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility." He went on to say, "In serving in this administration, the idea that I would show contempt for the elected Commander-in-Chief president Trump, or tolerate disrespect to the office of the President from within out Department of Defense, is a product of someone's rich imagination," according to Fox News.
According to reports, the book alleges President Trump's former advisor, Gary Cohen to have stolen a letter from Trump's desk, which could have withdrawn the US from a trade agreement with South Korea. He said in the book that he did it to protect national security.
Addressing the excerpts which were released on September 4, President Donald Trump said in a tweet that his staff has discredited everything the Woodward has said in his new book. He also went on to accuse Woodward of releasing the book right before the midterm elections which will be held in November.
The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defense) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly. Their quotes were made up frauds, a con on the public. Likewise other stories and quotes. Woodward is a Dem operative? Notice timing?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2018
In a note to the readers in the book, Bob Woodward said, "When I have attributed exact quotations, thoughts or conclusions to the participants, that information comes from the person, a colleague with direct knowledge, or from meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and government or personal documents."
The book will release on September 11, which is also the date of the infamous 9/11 attacks in 2001.