Woodward's Book: Aides Stole Papers From Trump's Desk

'Washington Post' has details from the upcoming book, 'Fear'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2018 1:45 PM CDT
Updated Sep 4, 2018 2:06 PM CDT
This June 11, 2012 file photo shows former Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward speaking during an event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Watergate in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, file)
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(Newser) – In late July the Washington Post reported Bob Woodward had secretly been working on a new book on President Trump called Fear, and now the paper is back with details from it. The 448-page book is the product of many interviews conducted on "deep background," meaning Woodward doesn't reveal the source of his information—and it's often fiery information at that. He quotes Chief of Staff John Kelly as describing the president as "unhinged" and "an idiot," allegedly saying in a group meeting that they were all in "Crazytown. I don't even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I've ever had." More tidbits:

  • Before Kelly there was Reince Priebus, and Woodward writes that Trump and Priebus each used unflattering terms in regards to the other, with Priebus calling Trump's bedroom "the devil's workshop" (in an apparent reference to the cable-TV watching and tweeting the president does in there) and Trump calling him "a little rat" who "scurries around."
  • Trump was allegedly harsher when it came to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, reportedly saying, "This guy is mentally retarded. He's this dumb Southerner. … He couldn't even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama."

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