This is one of the most disturbing accounts of what is going on in the White House that we've seen yet. If one-tenth of it is accurate, we are, in a very real sense, in the midst of a national emergency.
Woodward writes that Trump told Mattis he wanted to assassinate Assad: “Let’s fucking kill him! Let’s go in. Let’s kill the fucking lot of them.” Mattis hung up the phone and told senior aide, “We’re not going to do any of that.”
In Trump's White House, rage and backstabbing go both ways. Bob Woodward’s new book examines a presidency’s ‘nervous breakdown.’
Kelly said of Trump: “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.”
Wow. Dowd said to Trump: “Don’t testify. It’s either that or an orange jumpsuit.”
Too many things here for a single tweet. Maybe the wildest Woodward story: Trump told Mattis to assassinate Bashar al-Assad after the 2017 chemical attack, allegedly saying, "Let’s fucking kill him! Let’s go in. Let’s kill the fucking lot of them."
BREAKING —> Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency. WaPo has all the details here. My latest with
Woodward writes President Trump ordered withdrawal from NAFTA and KORUS (Korea US FTA), but Gary Cohn stole the letter off his desk before he could sign it, and the President failed to notice. This is how the world's largest economy is run. 🤦🏽‍♂️
Per Bob Woodward, Dowd did a practice session with Trump to prepare him for a Mueller interview, peppering him with questions about the Russia investigation and “provoking stumbles, contradictions and lies until the president eventually lost his cool.”
According to Woodward, John Dowd did a practice Mueller interview with Trump. It went disastrously. Dowd told Trump: “Don’t testify. It’s either that or an orange jumpsuit.” He resigned as Trump's lawyer the following day. Via
What is remarkable is all these people lie and tell the public he's functional. He's not. He's a threat to the country. They need to quit en masse or work on 25thA
I'll be gravely disappointed if GA, TX, etc. don't sprout billboards quoting Trump: "This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner."
Per Woodward book Mattis on Trump: Like "a fifth- or sixth-grader.” Kelly on Trump: “idiot” Cohn on Trump: “professional liar.” Trump on Sessions: “mentally retarded.” Trump on Priebus: “like a little rat.” Trump to Ross: “You’re past your prime.”
“Mattis was particularly exasperated and alarmed, telling close associates that the president acted like — and had the understanding of — ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader.’ ”
More to come on this around lunchtime.
At dinner with Mattis & Dunford, Trump falsely suggested McCain was a coward for taking early release from a prisoner-of-war camp Mattis: “No, Mr. President, I think you’ve got it reversed.” “Oh, okay,” Trump replied.
We sort of know all of this. Yet each time we are told, we resist the obvious conclusions.
Any idea what the "special intelligence operation that allows the United States to detect a North Korean missile launch in seven seconds vs. 15 minutes from Alaska" is? I have a guess.
It's worse than it seems and it already seems quite out of hand, in the new Woodward book "Fear," which Woodward colleagues and break down in detail
Bob Woodward reports John Kelly said this of Trump: “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.”
In a meeting, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly once said of Trump: "He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had."
It's as bad as we thought, and as bad as we feared.
Incredible. Woodward reports that after Charlottesville, Cohn’s daughter found a swastika on her dorm room. When he threatened to resign, Trump called it treason. Kelly told Cohn that Cohn should have shoved his resignation letter up Trump’s “ass” 6 times.
"He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had."
Trump said of AG Jeff Sessions, per Woodward: “This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner. … He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.”
“This was no longer a presidency. This is no longer a White House. This is a man being who he is.” + have the latest on Bob Woodward's new book on Trump's White House.
“Mattis was particularly exasperated and alarmed, telling close associates that the president acted like — and had the understanding of — ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader.’ ”
At the urging of advisers, Trump condemned white supremacists and neo-Nazis, but almost immediately told aides, “That was the biggest fucking mistake I’ve made” and the “worst speech I’ve ever given.”
"Trump called Mattis and said he wanted to assassinate the dictator... Mattis told the president that he would get right on it. But after hanging up the phone, he told a senior aide: 'We’re not going to do any of that.'"
1) Bob Woodward’s new book about Trump is BRUTAL. Defense Secretary, and general, Mattis compared Trump to a “fifth grader.” WH Chief of Staff General Kelly called Trump “unhinged” and “an idiot.” Trump goes off on “dumb southerners.”
This is all bananas. But: Whoa. "After Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical attack on civilians in April 2017, Trump called Mattis and said he wanted to assassinate the dictator."
“Cohn came to regard the president as ‘a professional liar’ “
Bob Woodward’s new book says that Trump's lawyers were terrified that he would perjure himself if he testified before Robert Mueller. John Dowd told Trump: "Don't testify. It's either that or an orange jumpsuit."
“Priebus dubbed the presidential bedroom, where Trump obsessively watched cable news and tweeted, ‘the devil’s workshop,’ and said early mornings and Sunday evenings, when the president often set off tweetstorms, were ‘the witching hour.’”
This Woodward book looks devastating for Trump. Remember Woodward was an early skeptic of the dossier. He appears to have gotten some prime access here. Dowd told Trump if he testifies to Mueller it’s “orange jumpsuit.” Yikers Island!
Gary Cohn's paper thievery is the only reason Trump hasn't pulled out of NAFTA and KORUS, Bob Woodward says:
'In one small group meeting, Kelly said of Trump: “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.”'
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops treating him like a toddler.
And Trump on Sessions in new book: “This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner. … He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.”
Unexpected gem from the Woodward reporting is #Egypt's #Sisi's concern over the Mueller investigation & #Trump sulking. Sisi was the first world leader to congratulate Trump on his presidency, in return Trump has called him "a great friend"
"After Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical attack on civilians in April 2017, Trump called Mattis and said he wanted to assassinate the dictator. 'Let’s fucking kill him! Let’s go in. Let’s kill the fucking lot of them,' Trump said."
Sisi makes an appearance in Bob Woodward’s new book on Trump, in which he expresses concern about the Mueller investigation.
I've been doing a lot of reading on the end of Chinese empires recently, and I'm afraid this all ends with Canadians overrunning the outer provinces.
“When you put a snake and a rat and a falcon and a rabbit and a shark and a seal in a zoo without walls, things start getting nasty and bloody,” Priebus says. Cracking quote from Bob Woodward's book on WH.
Senior White House staff deliberately ignore Trump’s orders and remove papers from his desk to prevent him from plunging the U.S. into a crisis, according to Bob Woodward. Yet Congressional Republicans refuse to check Trump’s power in any meaningful way.
After Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical attack on civilians in April 2017, Trump called Mattis and said he wanted to assassinate the dictator. "Let’s fucking kill him! Let’s go in. Let’s kill the fucking lot of them," Trump said, according to Woodward.
John Dowd was convinced that Trump would commit perjury if he talked to Mueller. So in January, Dowd staged a practice session. Dowd peppered Trump with questions, "provoking stumbles, contradictions and lies until the president eventually lost his cool."
"#BobWoodward's new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency," "Fear: Trump in the White House" by , available September 11. More info here:
After Assad launched a chemical attack on civilians, Trump called Jim Mattis and said, "Let's fucking kill him! Let's go in. Let's kill the fucking lot of them," Woodward writes. Once he hung up, Mattis told an aide: "We're not going to do any of that."
"At dinner w/Mattis, Trump lashed out at McCain, falsely suggesting he'd been a coward for taking early release from POW camp in Vietnam. Mattis corrected: “you’ve got it reversed.” McCain turned down early release was brutally tortured"
Woodward reports that John Kelly said of : "He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had."
Trump lashed out at McCain and falsely suggested that the former Navy pilot had been a coward for taking early release. Mattis swiftly corrected his boss: “No, Mr. President, I think you’ve got it reversed.”
Woodward book on Trump: "In one small group meeting, Kelly said of Trump: “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here.”"
The advice Trump's lawyer gave to the president: “Don’t testify. It’s either that or an orange jumpsuit.”
WH Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly said of Trump: “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.”
“In one small group meeting, Kelly said of Trump: ‘He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.’ “
Worse than even I imagined, and my imagination was already expecting something terrible. | Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency
Mocking Sessions’s accent, Trump added, “This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner. … He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.”
BREAKING ----> Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency
“He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.” -- John Kelly on Donald Trump, according to
This reporting today by WAPO on Woodward’s book is important too: On Trump’s Charlottesville speech condemning white supremacists: “That was the biggest fucking mistake I’ve made” and the “worst speech I’ve ever given.”
What will Jeff Sessions think of saying this about him-- from 's latest: "This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner. … He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.”
First excerpts from Bob Woodward's "FEAR" just hit. Read all about it here
The #ToddlerinChief additions will have to wait until this evening, but I’ll just note this excerpt as perhaps the only time I’ll ever side with Steve Bannon on, well, anything.
As you read quotes from Mattis, Kelly, et al, disparaging Trump in this story, remember: This all happened long enough ago that it's in a book, and they're still serving in the administration
“Mattis was particularly exasperated and alarmed, telling close associates that the president acted like — and had the understanding of — ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader.’ ”
The juicy damning quotes will get most coverage but the most amazing thing about Woodward’s book is the claim that his senior staff are actively sabotaging President Trump’s directives because they don’t trust their Commander in Chief’s judgement.
Is anyone in D.C.--including the Republican leaders in Congress-- going to find this account of the President shocking? The nature of this President has been an open secret from the start.
. is going to have to start an entire new thread for Woodward's book.
“This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner. … He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.” - Trump on Sessions...according to Woodward
“I’ll be a real good witness,” Trump told Dowd, according to Woodward. “You are not a good witness,” Dowd replied. “Mr. President, I’m afraid I just can’t help you.” The next morning, Dowd resigned.
“Woodward describes ‘an administrative coup d’etat’ and a ‘nervous breakdown’ of the executive branch, with senior aides conspiring to pluck official papers from the president’s desk so he couldn’t see or sign them.”
subtext of first Woodward excerpt is the aides who talked positioning themselves as trying their best to save the country from disaster
“Mattis was particularly exasperated and alarmed, telling close associates that the president acted like — and had the understanding of — ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader.’ ”
Mocking Sessions’s accent, Trump added, “This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner. … He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.”
> Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency
I'm not sure Mattis will survive after this book is released and his quotes become public. And that should terrify everyone.
Holy crap. This is what this whole corrupt Kavanaugh process is about. Of course he won’t recuse.
Reading this, one thing is clear: The #NeverTrump letter published in 2016 in was right about Trump in every single way. cc:
The preview of Bob Woodward's new book includes a thread on NAFTA, and how Donald Trump was ready to sign a letter ordering the US withdraw from the agreement, but staffers removed the paper from his desk to prevent it from happening.
Yep, it's all as bad as you imagined
Media: From , writing a day prior to the op-ed: "A central theme of 's book is the stealthy machinations used by those in 's inner sanctum to try to control his impulses and prevent disasters."
President Trump ordered the assassination of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad according to Bob Woodward’s new book, Fear, but was thwarted by aides on that and other orders in what amounted to an “administrative coup d’etat.”
Just so we are clear what Trump really thought about Charlottesville - from the ’s rpt on Bob Woodward’s book
Bob Woodward reports in his new book that White House aides prevented Trump for withdrawing from both NAFTA and the U.S.-Korea trade agreement by simply pulling withdrawal orders off his desk before he could sign them.
“He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.” And that’s just the chief of staff.
“I’m not a staffer! I’ll never be a staffer. I’m the first daughter.” - Ivanka to Bannon, according to Woodward
Infamy! They've all got it in for me! Man baby Trump's would be dangerously unhinged if just one-tenth of this is true never mind most or all
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler.
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler.
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops treating him like a toddler.
Good to see that US policy on Syria takes a coherent and measured approach.
Woodward's book "Fear" says Gary Cohn stole letter off Trump's desk to prevent president from withdrawing from South Korea trade agreement. Says Trump never noticed.
could screen grab and post every paragraph of this, but probably better to just read in full
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler.
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler.
Reading this alongside ⁦ 2020 Commission Report is really unsettling.
After Trump left the meeting, recounts, “Mattis was particularly exasperated and alarmed, telling close associates that the president acted like — and had the understanding of — ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader.’ ”
Can't help myself think: there are apparently so many people in the administration hard at work to make themselves look good while continuing to work for the lunatic they say he is
After grudgingly condemning white supremacists and neo-Nazis, Trump reportedly said “That was the biggest fucking mistake I’ve made”….
The Trump White House is just as bad as you thought, and still somehow worse
So odd to see John Kelly echoing almost word for word a passage from one of my course evaluations last spring.
'Woodward describes “an administrative coup d’etat” and a “nervous breakdown” of the executive branch, with senior aides conspiring to pluck official papers from the president’s desk so he couldn’t see or sign them ...'
Trump demanded his aides prepare a letter to withdrawal from #NAFTA in 2017. Gary Cohn took it from Trump's desk to protect the trade deal, according to Bob Woodward book. A must read:
Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency
Exclusive from Bob Woodward's new book on Trump: Mattis called Trump a "fifth or sixth grader," his own attorney thought he would commit perjury if interviewed by Mueller
“When you put a snake and a rat and a falcon and a rabbit and a shark and a seal in a zoo without walls, things start getting nasty and bloody.”
Trump's own lawyer says the president would go to prison if he testified to Mueller. "It's either this (not testifying) or an orange jumpsuit"
Absolutely terrifying. Foreign policy with the impulse control of a three-year old suffering from ADHD.
Even Egyptian strongman Abdel Fattah al Sisi is worried about how long Trump will stay in the job, per Woodward. His inquiring about Russia probe was “like a kick in the nuts."
“This was no longer a Presidency. This is no longer a White House. This is a man being who he is.” John Kelly: “This is crazytown.”
Here is how Trump reportedly described the man he chose to head the Justice Department of the United States: “This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner. … He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.”
Trump's attorney Dowd told Trump: “Don’t testify. It’s either that or an orange jumpsuit.”
“When you put a snake and a rat and a falcon and a rabbit and a shark and a seal in a zoo without walls, things start getting nasty and bloody”
#Egypt 🇪🇬 President Sisi asked habibi “Donald, I’m worried about this investigation. Are you going to be around?” #Trump relayed the conversation to Dowd, said it was “like a kick in the nuts” #Woodward
What exactly does this do to civil-military relations?
This book appears to be a validation of what we’ve known for months. If Americans need a seal of approval for the urgency in ridding ourselves of this dangerous president, then bless Mr. Woodward for providing it.
BREAKING NEWS w/ : Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency
Trump on walking back his original "both sides" C'ville comments: “That was the biggest f----g mistake I’ve made” and the “worst speech I’ve ever given,” according to Woodward’s account.
This is a rather horrifying read, more so because you all know it’s true even if you pretend not to.
when aides are protecting us from the pres we dont have a democracy we have a coup by aides who think they can keep the ship afloat
Collusion between Trump’s staff and Bob Woodward? The book that is about to launch 1000 crazy tweets from
This is scary stuff. We are talking about the most powerful man in the world. Remember the bunker...
"I’ll be a real good witness." “You are not a good witness."
After Assad launched a chemical attack last year, Trump called Mattis: “Let’s fucking kill him! Let’s go in. Let’s kill the fucking lot of them.” Mattis said he would get right on it. But he later told a senior aide: “We’re not going to do any of that.”
It me, the curator of the #ToddlerinChief thread, reading this:
“He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.” WH COS John Kelly describing President Trump, per Woodward
Ari Fleischer: "I've been on the receiving end of a Bob Woodward book. There were quotes in it I didn't like. But never once - never - did I think Woodward made it up. Woodward always plays it straight. Someone told it to him."
I know the Woodward stuff has to be largely true because some of the people cited haver said the same things to me in almost the same ways. And with others, those who work with them have recounted the same things.
ACT I JAN: Trump to Attorney: “I really don’t want to testify" for Mueller. ACT II FEB - SEPT: Trump to America: “I really want to testify!” ACT III Trump: “Only Mueller’s unfair conditions in my pretend negotiations are stopping me from testifying."
John Kelly, White House Chief of Staff, on Trump: “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.”
It’s hard to imagine even the best situation comedy writer coming up with gems like this:
Kelly said of Trump: “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.”
"Priebus dubbed the presidential bedroom, where Trump obsessively watched cable news and tweeted, 'the devil’s workshop,' and said early mornings and Sunday evenings, when the president often set off tweetstorms, were 'the witching hour.'"
“Woodward illustrates how the dread in Trump’s orbit became all-encompassing over the course of Trump’s 1st year, leaving some staff members & Cabinet members confounded by the president’s lack of understanding...& his inability & unwillingness to learn.”
“He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had."—the WH chief of staff, on the president, according to Woodward
"Woodward describes 'an administrative coup d’etat' and a 'nervous breakdown' of the executive branch."
Wapo drops details of Woodward's account of life inside the adult day care center.
“He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.” Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly, quoted in Woodward's "Fear"
After the April 2017 #Douma chemical attack, #Trump told #Mattis he wanted #Assad dead: - "Let’s fu**ing kill him! Let’s go in. Let’s kill the fu**ing lot of them.” -> #Mattis (& DOD) forced through a more “measured” response.
“When you put a snake and a rat and a falcon and a rabbit and a shark and a seal in a zoo without walls, things start getting nasty and bloody." The Trump White House, in the words of its former chief of staff. From Woodward's new book Fear.
The White House mess should make for an interesting conversation over lunch in the White House mess.
In April 2017, Trump called Mattis and said he wanted to assassinate Assad. “Let’s fucking kill him! Let’s go in. Let’s kill the fucking lot of them,” Trump said, according to Woodward.
Staggering details about Trump's appalling presidency. Read it and remember: this man is the elected leader of the world's strongest power
White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly said of Trump: “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.”
"He's an idiot." —Chief of Staff John F. Kelly on From the upcoming book "Fear" by Bob Woodward (who exposed Watergate), based on hundreds of hours of interviews w/ White House staffers & others, backed by emails, memos & more: #Kavanaugh
“Mattis was particularly exasperated and alarmed, telling close associates that the president acted like — and had the understanding of — ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader.’”
Okay, here we go. I’m just gonna apologize to my right now, because I’ll be tweeting out a LOT of excerpts from this story on the #ToddlerinChief thread.
So it appears Bob Woodward got all of the things
Hard to imagine situation getting any worse for Trump, but this new #bobwoodward book is absolutely incendiary. He's got several former staffers ON THE RECORD calling the buffoon deranged and totally unfit for office. Drip, drip, drip.
Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency
New Woodward book, "describes 'an admin coup d’etat' & a 'nervous breakdown' of the exec branch, w/sr aides conspiring to pluck officl papers frm #POTUS ’s desk so he couldn’t sign them. "#Trump’s natl security team was shaken by his lack of knowledge"
Quite a read, with several big takeaways — one of which is that Mueller seems to understand why Trump’s lawyers are desperate to prevent him from speaking to the Special Counsel
i am old enough to remember when conservatives disliked northeastern elites for thinking that everyone from the south was a rube
Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency
Seems like a president who should be picking lifetime SCOTUS justices. Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When you put a snake and a rat and a falcon and a rabbit and a shark and a seal in a zoo without walls, things start getting nasty and bloody,” Priebus says.
"John Dowd was convinced that President Trump would commit perjury if he talked to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. So, on Jan. 27, the president’s then-personal attorney staged a practice session to try to make his point."
“Don’t testify. It’s either that or an orange jumpsuit.”
"Trump added, 'This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner. … He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.'"
So far my favorite anecdote from the Woodward book is Trump getting the story of McCain’s imprisonment in Vietnam exactly backwards:
"Woodward depicts Trump’s anger and paranoia about the Russia inquiry as unrelenting..." See also: Trump's twitter feed...
“Mattis was particularly exasperated and alarmed, telling close associates that the president acted like — and had the understanding of — ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader.’ ”
"Woodward writes that his book is drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand participants and witnesses that were conducted on 'deep background'... His account is also drawn from meeting notes, personal diaries and government documents."
Read this, if you dare.
Bob Woodward’s new book is I am hunk a he beginning of the end of the Trump presidency.
Paul Begala: "24 years ago, Woodward quoted me in his Clinton book saying all kinds of profane and rude things. Why? Maybe because he’s a Republican. Or maybe because: I. Said. Them."
But I thought the US military couldn't wait to start invading Syria?
Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency
Woodward book: "In one small group meeting, Kelly said of #Trump: 'He’s an idiot. It’s pointless 2 try 2 convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.'”
Every foreign leader wanting to get in Trump’s head & play him like a fiddle will take note- Egypt President al-Sissi said: “Donald, I’m worried about this investigation. Are you going to be around?” Trump later confided it was “like a kick in the nuts”
Dear permanent Washington, It might be even worse than you think.
“[Trump has] the understanding of — ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader.’ ” “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything ... We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here.”
The extracts from Woodward’s forthcoming book on the Trump administration are, erm, interesting. If true, things are even worse than you thought (whatever you thought)
Potent reminder about why we need smart & effective diplomacy with #NorthKorea, & how quickly a situation could escalate if Trump decides diplomacy “failed” Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency
After Trump left the meeting, Woodward recounts, “Mattis was particularly exasperated and alarmed, telling close associates that the president acted like — and had the understanding of — ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader.’ ”
Could not be more excited about this book
“I’ll be a real good witness,” Trump told Dowd, according to Woodward. “You are not a good witness,” Dowd replied. “Mr. President, I’m afraid I just can’t help you.” The next morning, Dowd resigned.
“When you put a snake and a rat and a falcon and a rabbit and a shark and a seal in a zoo without walls, things start getting nasty and bloody.”
'Woodward writes that Priebus dubbed the presidential bedroom, where Trump obsessively watched cable news & tweeted, “the devil’s workshop” and said early mornings and Sunday evenings, when the president often set off tweetstorms, were “the witching hour.”
Bob Woodward's long-awaited account of Trump in office will be published a week from today. Article in tomorrow's print edition of the Washington Post previews book.
Happy Woodward book season, in which we all tweet quotes designed only to provoke the president into losing his marbles.
'After Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical attack on civilians in April 2017, Trump called Mattis and said he wanted to assassinate the dictator.'
Dowd explained why Trump mustn’t testify: “I’m not going to sit there and let him look like an idiot and the guys overseas are going to say, ‘I told you he was an idiot. I told you he was a goddamn dumbbell. What are we dealing with this idiot for?’”
"He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had."
One of the scariest articles I have ever read
Frightening: "Woodward describes “an administrative coup d’etat” and a “nervous breakdown” of the executive branch, with senior aides conspiring to pluck official papers from the president’s desk so he couldn’t see or sign them."
Mattis: Trump has the understanding of ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader.’ ”
now I'm really scared: Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency
We are extremely lucky that Trump isn't smart enough to turn his impulses into action.
Kelly frequently lost his temper, thought POTUS was “unhinged,” & said “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here, worst job I’ve ever had.”
Woodward describes “an administrative coup d’etat” and a “nervous breakdown” of the executive branch, with senior aides conspiring to pluck official papers from the president’s desk so he couldn’t see or sign them.
WP has previewed Woodward’s new book on the Trump White House. It’s not pretty. After a meeting, SECDEF told associates Trump "acted like — and had the understanding of — ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader.’ ” Woodward portrays a crazy and incompetent president.
Cohn came to regard the president as “a professional liar” and threatened to resign in August 2017 over Trump’s handling of a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville
Read and weep. "Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency"
Woodward: "At a NSC mtg on Jan 19 #Trump disregarded signif of massive US military presence on Korean Peninsula...Trump q'ed why the govt was spending resources in the region at all. “'We’re doing this in order to prevent WWIII,' Def Sec Mattis told him."
Mattis treated Trump like a child when asked to assassinate Bashar al-Assad, brushing aside the president’s request like a tantrum and giving him something else to do - a limited strike - till he calmed down and got over the impulse.
Gary Cohn took a NAFTA withdrawal letter off of Trump’s desk, according to Bob Woodward’s new book.
It was not the Deep State, but rather the "Shallow State" -- Trump's own appointees & hires who conducted an "administrative coup d’etat” to protect the country and the world -- from him.
Best bits: aides removing papers off Trump's desk so he wouldn't sign them.
Oh wow, listen to the phone call. Trump and his ilk are trying to impugn Bob Woodward's journalistic quality/integrity. YUH. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT ONE.
100% chance of rageful Amazon tweets in 5,4,3...
“Mattis was particularly exasperated and alarmed, telling close associates that the president acted like — and had the understanding of — ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader.'" And more from the Woodward book
Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency via “Woodward depicts Trump’s anger and paranoia about the Russia inquiry as unrelenting, at times paralyzing the West Wing for entire days.”
His reporting in Watergate — & since — ensures will be remembered as 1 of our greatest journalists. In his new book, reported on today by , he depicts a in chaos & an impulsive, incurious, unhinged President.
John F. Kelly on #Trump: “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.”
Bob Woodward's new book describes the Trump administration as a perpetual disaster. This will come as a great shock to those living under rocks for the past 3 years.
Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of #Trump’s presidency
Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency
Article is well worth reading - Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency
If these allegations are true, and that’s a big “if”, Mattis, Cohn, and Porter might should be arrested for treason... They weren’t elected, nor were they granted powers by the constitution to overrule the commander in chief like that...
Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency
Real public servants get "especially shaken" by really bad, unacceptable things--and do something about them--even if those things don't happen to their own kid.
Whenever I feel down on myself, I just have to remind myself at least I'm not Trump
This is both totally expected and incredibly scary: Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency
The attacks on Woodward from Fox, the Federalist, and MAGA twitter are going to be vicious. I hope he's got his facts straight.
Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency via
This book is going to be HUGE and will expose 45 worse than ever before...this ain’t fake news folks! And it will come out a month before mid terms.
"In one small group meeting, Kelly said of Trump: 'He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.'”
Astonishing quotes throughout: Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency “This was no longer a presidency. This is no longer a White House. This is a man being who he is.”
#History is already being rewritten as #Trump's present and former cabinet members and staff pretend they were trying to save the country from him by sticking around.
Mattis: "The President acts like and has the understanding of a 5th or 6th grader"
Can't wait to read Bob Woodward's new book!
Mattis’s job is in real trouble if Fox News picks this up. Otherwise he’s totally fine.
Think there’s nothing at this point about the Trump White House that will surprise you? Think again, say and in a lucid synopsis of Bob Woodward’s new book.
Seems like this book should be a national common read.
At the urging of advisers, he then condemned white supremacists and neo-Nazis, but almost immediately told aides, “That was the biggest fucking mistake I’ve made” and the “worst speech I’ve ever given,”
Hardly surprising, but still terrifying to see in words.
A lot of the best stuff is deep in the piece but worth digging for. Not particularly surprising I suppose. Occasionally POTUS even makes sense, as re: Afghanistan. But mostly hair-raising.
"He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here."
Article describes an event where the SecDef served as a guard rail against a dangerously impulsive and ignorant president. Equally concerning is that this president does not have the capacity or credibility to push back on the military during a crisis.
THIS is the most amazing phone call I've ever heard. and throw each other under the bus while the other is sitting right there. Just stop what you're doing and spend 11 minutes listening. It's flabbergasting.
Central theme of book is stealthy machinations used by ’s inner sanctum to try to control his impulses and prevent disasters, both for the him personally and for the nation he was elected to lead: “nervous breakdown of #ExecutiveBranch”
Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency - The Washington Post
Priebus: early morning is Trump's "witching hour." So maybe a witch hunt is appropriate?
Trump lashed out at a vocal critic, McCain. He falsely suggested that the former Navy pilot had been a coward for taking early release from a prisoner-of-war camp in Vietnam because of his father’s military rank and leaving others behind!!!!
Ivanka Trump, who had special access to the president and worked around Priebus, replied: “I’m not a staffer! I’ll never be a staffer. I’m the first daughter.”
Kelly then confided to Cohn that he shared Cohn’s horror at Trump’s handling of the tragedy — and shared Cohn’s fury with Trump. “I would have taken that resignation letter and shoved it up his ass six different times,” Kelly told Cohn.
Trump said Sessions was a “traitor” for recusing himself. Mocking Sessions’s accent, Trump added, “This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner. … He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.”
Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency Woodard confirms everything we thought we knew and more. This is terrifying.
“When you put a snake and a rat and a falcon and a rabbit and a shark and a seal in a zoo without walls, things start getting nasty and bloody,”
I’m so confused about this: “When you put a snake and a rat and a falcon and a rabbit and a shark and a seal in a zoo without walls, things start getting nasty and bloody,” Priebus says.
Unreal. This is how Defense Secretary Mattis describes #Trump, who has sole authority to launch 4,000 US #nuclear weapons: "the president acted like — and had the understanding of — ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader.’ ”