Bob Woodward's book on Trump: The most explosive quotes

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WASHINGTON-The White House said a new book from Bob Woodward on the Trump presidency was "nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees", following news reports about the book earlier Tuesday.

An upcoming book by journalist Bob Woodward says President Donald Trump's chief of staff privately called Trump an "idiot" and aides plucked sensitive documents off the president's desk to keep him from taking rash actions.

After the United States believed the Syrian government had launched another chemical attack in April 2017, Mr Trump told Defence Secretary James Mattis to assassinate President Bashar Assad.

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"He's an idiot. It's pointless to try to convince him of anything", White House Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly complained during a small group meeting.

Trump called U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and said "Let's fucking kill him!"

Other topics covered in the book, scheduled for a September 11 release, include Trump's paranoia, and his often immature handling of worldwide conflicts like the North Korean nuclear threat (i.e. calling Kim Jong-un a "little rocket man").

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Veteran journalist Bob Woodward documents a White House where many of Donald Trump's senior aides think he's erratic, unhinged, unsafe and above all an idiot.

The White House did not respond to an ABC News request for comment about the book and the reported contents.

Excerpts from the book, entitled "Fear" were published by the Washington Post. He has gone off the rails.

According to the book, Dowd also later told Trump: "Don't testify. He's this dumb southerner", Trump said, according to the book.

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The book said Dowd and another Trump lawyer met Mueller and his deputy in the special counsel's office, where Trump's attorneys re-enacted the President's January practice session.

"John, I understand", Mueller replied, according to Woodward, but insisted, "I need the president's testimony". I told you he was a goddamn dumbbell.

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■Senior aides conspired to remove official papers from Trump's desk so he couldn't see or sign them.

'The idea I ever called the president an idiot is not true, ' he said in a statement. "It's either that or an orange jumpsuit".

Trump is quoted as telling his hand-picked 80-year-old secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross, "I don't trust you".

Months later, Woodward recounted that Trump told Dowd, "I'll be a real good witness".

Kelly also questioned the president's ability intelligence, according to Woodward. The freaky silence suggests that even if Woodward's account is not fully accurate, this White House is too dysfunctional and disorganized to quickly rebut explosive, firsthand claims of incompetence on two of the country's biggest media platforms.

Other aides reportedly insulted Mr Trump behind his back. "This is the worst job I've ever had", Kelly reportedly said in a small meeting with colleagues.

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