Bob Woodward exposes Trump’s breakdown

Trump called Attorney Jeff Sessions a ‘traitor,’ and said ‘Everybody’s trying to get me’ after Mueller appointed, according to explosive Woodward book

President Donald Trump complained “Everybody’s trying to get me” after he learned that Robert Mueller had been appointed special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election that sent Trump to the White House, according to a new book.

Trump also called Attorney General Jeff Sessions “mentally retarded,” was called “unhinged” and an “idiot” by his chief of staff John Kelly, and once phoned Defense Secretary James Mattis to say “Let’s f—ing kill him” after Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical attack on civilians, the book by legendary investigative reporter Bob Woodward says.

Woodward, according to the Washington Post’s preview of the book “Fear,” writes that Trump exploded in a rage after being subjected to a practice interview with his own lawyer playing the role of Mueller.

President Donald Trump called his Attorney General Jeff Sessions “a traitor,” and complained “everybody’s trying to get me” after he learned that Robert Mueller had been appointed special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election that sent Trump to the White House, according a new book.

Trump also called Sessions “mentally retarded,” and was called “unhinged” and an “idiot” by his chief of staff John Kelly, the book by legendary investigative reporter Bob Woodward says.

And the president once phoned Defense Secretary James Mattis to say “Let’s f—ing kill him” after Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical attack on civilians, according to the book.

“Let’s go in. Let’s kill the f—king lot of them,” Trump said in one of the highlights of the 448-page book “Fear” that was described in an article Tuesday in the Washington Post, where Woodward has long worked.

Woodward says in the book that he conducted hundreds of hours of interviews with participants and witnesses in the conversations he writes about. He also had tapped notes, diaries and government documents.

The interviews were granted on the condition of “deep background,” which according to Woodward meant that while he could write what happened, he could not reveals the sources of particular stories.

Mattis is depicted in the book as being “particularly exasperated and alarmed” by having to tell Trump that “we’re doing this in order to prevent World War III” to justify the presence of U.S. military on the Korean peninsula.

Mattis told associates that Trump “acted like — and had the understanding of — ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader,’ ” according to the book.

But Trump is quoted in “Fear” as being scornful of the intelligence of Sessions, the former Alabama senator whom he has long blamed for recusing himself in the Russian investigation, a step that led to Mueller’s appointment.

“He’s this dumb Southerner. … He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama,” Trump reportedly said of Sessions.

Woodward also writes that that Trump exploded in a rage after a practice interview with his own lawyer, John Dowd, playing the role of Mueller, as they prepared for a potential sit-down with the special counsel.

“This thing’s a goddamn hoax,” Trump fumed, according to the book. “I don’t really want to testify.”

Dowd was sure that Trump would committ perjury if he did talk to Mueller, Woodward wrote.

But when Dowd told Trump, “Don’t testify,” warning that “It’s either that or any orange jumpsuit,” the president pushed back.

“I’ll be a real good witness,” Trump reportedly said.

“You are not a good witness,” Dowd retorted, according to the book.

Dowd quit the day afterward.

The White House had no immediate comment on the article about the book.

According to the Post’s account of the book, Kelly despaired of dealing with Trump, whom he called “unhinged” during discussions with colleagues in the White House.

“He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails,” Kelly was quoted in the book as saying.

He added, “We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.”

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