Key takeaways from Bob Woodward’s upcoming book on Trump White House

Trump said his former chief of staff Reince Priebus scurries around'like a rat

His top economic adviser reportedly even "stole" letters from his desk to stop the president making dramatic changes in America's trade policy.

During an appearance on Fox News shortly after Trump's tweet, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she hasn't "had the conversation" with Trump about any legal actions he might pursue against Woodward.

In case you didn't know, Bob Woodward is one of the two Washington Post journalists who contributed to taking down none other than former President Richard Nixon and his equally problematic administration.

The cover of the book, "Fear", from publisher Simon & Schuster, by author Bob Woodward, about the White House under President Donald Trump.

In the book, Trump is described by staff as ignorant and impulsive.

Labeling details of the book "a con on the public" with "made up" quotes, the president also seemingly questioned the "timing" of the book reveal. "It's just nasty stuff. I probably would have spoken to him if he'd called, if he'd gotten through". I never got a message.

After Trump said "both sides" at the Charlottesville white supremacist rally were to blame for the violence that occurred in August 2017, advisers urged him to make another speech condemning white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

The book exerts paint a damning portrait of a president prone to rages whose struggles to understand national security issues have left aides despairing.

White House chief of staff John Kelly also rejected Woodward's reporting that he called Trump an "idiot", even though multiple outlets have also reported that Kelly has privately disparaged the President.

"It's pointless to try to convince him of anything", Kelly bemoaned in a meeting. He's gone off the rails.

In the book, Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly is quoted as having doubted Trump's mental faculties, declaring during one meeting, "We're in Crazytown". How in the world was I ever persuaded to pick him for my attorney general?

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Mattis is quoted explaining to Trump why the US maintains troops on the Korean Peninsula to monitor North Korea's missile activities.

Colbert also used a portion of the book reported in CNN in which Trump yelled at his generals about Afghanistan, "You should be killing guys".

Both officials denied the quotes, and Trump retweeted their denials.

Mr Trump's relationship with Rex Tillerson reportedly never recovered after news accounts that the former secretary of state once called the president "an [expletive] idiot".

Kelly denied the report at the time, calling it "total B.S". "Got to protect the country".

"I'll just take the paper off his desk", Cohn, who has since quit the White House, said to his staffers. Trump's closest aides, including cabinet members, took extraordinary steps to control his risky impulses that could wreck agreements and cause war, including stealing papers from his desk awaiting his signature.

Trump did not speak to Woodward until after the book's manuscript was completed.

'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.

"I never spoke to him", Trump told The Daily Caller.

John Dowd, who was the main outside lawyer representing Trump in Mueller's Russian Federation probe, reportedly told the special counsel in March that he wanted to stop Trump from testifying in the Russian Federation probe because "I'm not going to sit there and let him look like an idiot".

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