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Donald Trump has dismissed a highly critical book on his presidency by the respected investigative journalist Bob Woodward as a politically motivated "con of the public".

The book quotes White House Chief of Staff John Kelly as describing Trump as "unhinged" and calling him an "idiot" who had "gone off the rails". Kelly is quoted by Woodward repeating that sentiment, saying, "we're in crazytown....this is the worst job I've ever had".

The statement from Mr Kelly says: "The idea I ever called the president an idiot is not true". He said it won't be the worst job held by Kelly ― or other members of the administration, for that matter ― for long. In some cases, senior aides would reportedly pluck official papers from Trump's desk before he could sign them.

Trump tweeted the denial statements Tuesday evening and then, without providing evidence, suggested the book's release was timed to affect the midterm elections in November. So Porter consulted Cohn, who told him, according to Woodward: 'I can stop this. Cohn stayed on until March, resigning shortly after Trump said the USA would impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from a variety of countries. Trump's immediate goal in the chat is to try to get away with saying that Woodward never attempted to interview him for his book, which had been completed by the time they talked.

The president reportedly told Mr Mattis to assassinate Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian dictator, in April 2017 after he used chemical weapons.

Woodward says he has "gained a lot of insight and documentation" and that his book will be a "tough look at the world and your administration and you".

Scheduled for a September 11 release, Fear was ranked the top-selling book on Amazon on Tuesday.

In one meeting with Mueller, Dowd, to make plain just how much he feared that Trump would commit perjury, asked Jay Sekulow, another one of Trump's lawyers, to re-enact Trump's practice session from January.

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- John Dowd, who served as Trump's personal lawyer for matters related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation until March, when he resigned, was so concerned that Trump would perjure himself if he submitted to an interview with Mueller's team that he put together a mock question-and-answer sessions with Trump to prove his case. We already know that Kelly at one point instructed staffers that all information, whether on paper or in briefings, needs to run through him before it reaches the president. "This guy is mentally retarded", the President continued.

The president told Woodward he would've done an interview but wasn't aware of any requests.

In a pre-emptive strike against what is sure to be a furious White House pushback against the book, the Washington Post released an audio recording and transcript of a call the president made to Woodward in early August.

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"I've been on the receiving end of a Bob Woodward book", he tweeted Tuesday.

Responding to the allegation Wednesday, Trump said that was "never discussed".

More recently, Woodward's book, Plan of Attack, shed light on the contrived and false justification of the shock and awe invasion of Iraq and how former vice-president Dick Chaney and others cashed in on that dire deception.

The book also quotes Mr Trump as mocking his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who has been a target of the President's wrath since recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation.