Trump 'wanted Assad assassinated': key claims in Bob Woodward's book

Oscar Cross
September 5, 2018

With the release of Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", President Donald Trump is not pleased.

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.

"You are not a good witness", Dowd replied.

Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis is quoted explaining to Mr Trump why the U.S. maintains troops on the Korean Peninsula to monitor North Korea's missile activities.

In one meeting, Kelly reportedly said Trump was "an idiot", and it was "pointless to try to convince him of anything". "He's gone off the rails", Kelly was quoted in the book as saying. We're in Crazytown. I don't even know why any of us are here.

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

Remember, this isn't some anti-Trumper. Trump plainly hates the people who work for him (at least some of them), and they hate him right back.

And even he thinks the POTUS is an idiot.

When White House economic adviser Cohn tried to resign after the president offered sympathetic comments about white nationalists who engaged in a violent August 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Mr Trump accused him of "treason".

So he literally hid the paper to keep the POTUS from signing it. "I'll just take the paper off his desk". "I'm not going to sit there and let him look like an idiot".

Mattis agreed to take action, but after he got off the telephone, he told an aide that the United States would take "more measured" steps against Syria - which eventually came as a punitive air strike.

He wasn't the only one doing this.

Mr Trump has grown paranoid and anxious over an ongoing federal inquiry into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation in Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, prompting aides to compare him to former President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal, Mr Woodward reported.

After Trump left the room, Rex Tillerson, who was then USA secretary of state, declared, using the same expletive: "He's a moron".

Trump's temper and abusive management style have been previously reported in numerous news stories and through books like the ones written by famed tabloid reporter Michael Wolff and former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman.

"Rudy, you're a baby".

"So I have another bad book coming out", Trump said towards the end of the conversation. "Man versus man. Me versus Kim", Trump said of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. "There was no so-called "practice session" or "re-enactment" of a mock interview at the Special Counsel's office", he said Tuesday.

Or he did at one time anyway.

Other topics covered in the book, scheduled for a September 11 release, include Trump's paranoia, and his often immature handling of global conflicts like the North Korean nuclear threat (i.e. calling Kim Jong-un a "little rocket man"). "Let's go in. Let's kill the fucking lot of them", Trump told the Pentagon chief. "I love the way the president handled Mr. Woodward".

"There's no way you can get through these".

Though alarming, nothing Woodward seems to have learned in documents and hundreds of hours' worth of interviews would surprise anyone who has studied Donald Trump or worked with him. "He just made something up".

"Don't testify. It's either that or an orange jumpsuit". "If they said it [to Woodward], they should be questioning why they are there".

The book also details Trump's preoccupation with the Mueller investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with that effort.

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