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

President Trump described Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a "traitor" and "mentally retarded" to aides, according to excerpts published from an explosive new book by veteran journalist Bob Woodward.

Woodward's book relies on hundreds of hours of taped confidential background interviews and dozens of sources in Trump's inner circle, as well as documents, files, diaries and memos, including a note handwritten by Trump himself. "We're in crazytown", Woodward quotes Kelly as saying at a staff meeting in his office.

She said that President Donald Trump's accomplishments don't get enough coverage in the press and added: "Democrats and their allies in the media understand the president's policies are working and with success like this, no one can beat him in 2020 - not even close". "This is the worst job I've ever had", Kelly reportedly said in a small meeting with colleagues.

Mr Kelly's predecessor, Reince Priebus, describes the presidential bedroom suite as "the devil's workshop", where Mr Trump fires off intemperate tweets early in the morning and on weekends.

Woodward describes senior aides as secretly taking papers from Trump's desk to keep them out of his view, and specifically alleges Gary Cohn "stole" a letter from the president's desk that would have killed a trade agreement the United States had with South Korea.

The coming book also includes Trump, as he has done on Twitter in recent days, lashing out privately at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling him a "traitor" for choosing to recuse himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation election meddling investigation.

Dowd would go on to meet with Mr Mueller and reportedly tell him that he couldn't agree to the interview because he didn't want to let the president "look like an idiot" and embarrass the nation on the world stage. I think it probably wouldn't have made a difference in the book.

The chemical attack, which was carried out by Assad, killed dozens and prompted a USA missile strike against a Syrian air base which Washington said was used to launch the strike. Trump insisted that he had never heard from anyone about it-even as he admits that he did hear from Graham, but that it was only "quickly in one meeting". Now that I'm older, though, I truly realize the significance of what Woodward and Bernstein did, and what happens after the release of FEAR ... well, we'll see. After ending a phone call with the commander in chief, Mattis reportedly told his a top aide to ignore the president's order. "But you know, I'm some - I'm sort of 50 percent used to that".

"The really interesting story is this very unusual man is getting so much stuff done", Gingrich said, calling the Woodward book "a smear".

"Let's go in. Let's kill the f--king lot of them", Trump said in one of the highlights of the 448-page book that was described in an article Tuesday in The Washington Post, where Woodward has long worked.

Woodward goes on in the excerpt to say that during a National Security Council meeting Jim Mattis got frustrated when Trump repeatedly asked him why the US spends so much money on the Korean peninsula.

Trump's loyal West Virginia voters, I'll venture to say, are unlikely to have a better education and more lovely homes than the elite they despise.

The Post published details from the book today. That will never happen, because the Cabinet is packed with Trump toadies who compete with each other to deliver the most fawning praise of their supreme leader.

Now, both CNN and the Post recount a scene from the book in which Trump sits down with his then-personal lawyer John Dowd for a mock interview.

The book by Woodward, slated for official release on September 11, poses a hefty new challenge to a White House already besieged by multiple investigations and a looming election that could damage Trump's Republicans.

  • Gwendolyn Kim