Trump Never Called for Syrian President's Assassination, Pentagon Says

Trump, others dispute book's description of unhinged leader

Kelly last week also denied quotes attributed to him in the book in which he allegedly said that Trump was "unhinged" and "an idiot" whose administration had turned into "Crazytown".

Trump faced overwhelming backlash for his comments after the Charlottesville rally, but Woodward reported in his book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", that the president privately called his decision to initially condemn white supremacists the "biggest f--ing mistake I've made".

Pressed on whether Trump can win a credibility battle with the Pulitzer victor who helped expose President Richard Nixon's Watergate-era transgressions, Sanders pointed to "actual, on record" accounts from White House staffers, again pointing to Mattis and Kelly, "not disgruntled former employees".

Press secretary Sarah Sanders slams the media for giving the New York Times op-ed so much attention, arguing the press should be focusing on more important issues.

"Fear: Trump in the White House" hits U.S. bookstores on Tuesday after a weeklong buildup, with published excerpts, leaks and interviews that portray Trump as dangerously erratic and uninformed.

In a series of Tweets Monday, the president continued to lash out at Woodward personally and his book's portrayal of Trump as a foul-mouthed and bumbling egotist.

The source, while citing demeaning views of Trump from other unnamed senior officials, declined to say how many officials had actually taken this vow of resistance, or when and how they had taken this vow. Democrats can't stand losing.

Woodward's book is based on "deep background" interviews, which he defines in his book as interviews where "all the information could be used but I would not say who provided it".

When asked if it happened with this book, Woodward refused to answer, saying he wants to focus on Trump's actions.

Several administration officials, including Defense Secretary James Mattis and chief of staff John Kelly, have denied the anecdotes and quotes ascribed to them in Woodward's book.

"I don't know who it is", Woodward says. "This is the worst job I've ever had". "It is mostly anonymous sources in here", Trump quoted Guthrie. "I don't talk the way I am quoted". If I did I would not have been elected President.

President Trump has repeatedly denounced Woodward's book, calling the veteran journalist an "idiot" and his work a piece of "fiction".

"I think you've always been fair", Trump said in a recorded conversation with Woodward released by the Washington Post.

In the book, Woodward cited an alleged phone conversation between Trump and Mattis in which Trump went into an expletive-laden rant against Assad and told Mattis to have him killed.

Woodward, who has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, staunchly defended the integrity of his reporting and said the book "is as carefully done as you can do an excavation of the reality of what goes on".

Woodward said the officials believe, like former Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn said, "Got to protect the country".

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