Trump spooked Pentagon with draft tweet on North Korea: Woodward

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"The incidents are not anonymous", he said.

Woodward used as an example Trump's complaint about USA troops still on the Korean peninsula, leaving Defense Secretary James Mattis to explain "we're doing this to prevent World War III".

"We see the evidence of people stealing a presidential document off his desk", Kerry said, referencing Woodward's reporting. And given how norm-busting Trump's presidency is - in terms of his relationships to the media, to his own party, to policy - it's also hard to avoid making mountains out of everything, even those things that might be molehills.

Woodward chronicles Defense Secretary Jim Mattis not only comparing Trump's behavior and knowledge to that of "a fifth- or sixth-grader", but disobeying direct orders from the president. Since excerpts were released last week, Trump has accused Woodward of making up quotes attributed to him and others.

In his book Fear, which comes out Tuesday, Woodward describes Trump behaving erratically and impulsively, even on significant issues of national security, and insulting some of his senior officials.

As President Trump continues to try to discredit Bob Woodward's new book, CNN is taking a different approach.

"Again and again, Woodward recounts at length how Trump's national security team was shaken by his lack of curiosity and knowledge about world affairs and his contempt for the mainstream perspectives of military and intelligence leaders", The Post said. Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction. Dems can't stand losing.

Perhaps most damning are the words of Trump's own lawyers, who were apparently so terrified of the president testifying in the special counsel's investigation - because of his inability to tell the truth - that they appealed directly to Mueller not to subpoena him. He said "these are political statements to protect their jobs".

White House officials slammed the author of the Op-Ed, members of Trump's cabinet denied writing it, and Trump lashed out at the New York Times on Twitter.

Trump was furious, tweeting Thursday morning that "The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going insane - & they don't know what to do". In one of his September 5 tweets, Trump posted, "Does the so-called "Senior Administration Official' really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source?"

In a statement, Kelly flatly disputed maligning the president like that: "The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true, in fact it's exactly the opposite".

Donald Trump almost declared war on North Korea through a tweet, but his defense secretary was able to beg him to reconsider, a new book claims.

The essay said members of the administration were running a "two-track presidency", achieving Republican policy aims while sidelining the "amoral ... impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective" Trump until he was out of office.

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