Woodward Delivers, But Does He Tell Us Much We Didn’t Already Know?

President Trump walks from the Oval Office to board the Marine One helicopter last week

Woodward's book, which is described as based on in-depth interviews with those in and around the West Wing, details a dysfunctional White House in which Trump is an unpredictable boss not respected by top aides.

Trump also responded to the book, calling the quotes in the book "made up by frauds, a con on the public". "Kavanaugh actually has a long résumé", including a decade as a federal judge and years as a lawyer in the George W. Bush White House", Trevor Noah said on Tuesday's Daily Show.

Here are most notable quotes and stories from the latest tell-all to send shock waves through the Oval Office.

After the president saw video of the aftermath of a poison gas attack on Syrian civilians in April 2017, he called Mattis, and according to Woodward, and fumed "let's f**king kill him", referring to Syria's dictator Bashar al-Assad.

It also says he called Mr Trump an "idiot", an account that Mr Kelly denied. "Well, accurate is that nobody's ever done a better job than I'm doing as president".

"He's gone off the rails".

The book quotes Kelly as having doubts about Trump's mental faculties, declaring during one meeting, "We're in Crazytown".

"I'm not going to sit there and let him look like an idiot", he said.

Mr Mattis told Mr Trump he would "get right on it", but instead developed a plan for a limited air strike that did not threaten Mr Assad personally.

Trump himself did not speak with Woodward for the book, but the pair talked on the phone last month, with the president complaining that the journalist had not requested an interview, while Woodward insisted that he had done so via an array of intermediaries.

Colbert closed by reiterating one of the anecdotes from the book: that Trump's former lawyer John Dowd and his lawyer Jay Sekulow conducted a practice interview with Trump about the Russian Federation investigation. We already know that Kelly at one point instructed staffers that all information, whether on paper or in briefings, needs to run through him before it reaches the president.

Supposedly, Trump also called Sessions "mentally retarded".

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

Rob Porter, former staff secretary, was told by Trump to ignore whatever Priebus said, saying that Priebus was "a little rat", Woodward wrote.

"The things I see coming out of this White House are the president delivering on historic tax cuts, delivering on building a booming economy, delivering on rebuilding our military, delivering on remaking the judiciary, delivering on cutting regulation after regulation".

The book includes some damning quotes from those closest to the president, including Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Sanders said the book did not accurately depict the administration, adding that it had been "pretty widely pushed back on".

And Trump's former personal lawyer John Dowd describes the President as "a fucking liar", telling Trump he would end up in an "orange jump suit" if he testified to special counsel Robert Mueller. "But never once - never - did I think Woodward made it up". Trump himself is accusing Woodward of fabricating the content of the book, and he most recently suggested that he might file a libel lawsuit because of it.

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