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"The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence", Mattis explained, "While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility". In a meeting about the Korean Peninsula, Trump's comments left Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to say that Trump understood the matter at hand like a "fifth or sixth grader".

"This thing's a goddamn hoax", Trump erupted at the start of a 30-minute rant that finished with him saying, "I don't really want to testify".

"I'm a Southerner, people can judge my intellect, my IQ, by my product and what I produce rather than what somebody else says", Sen.

"White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Whatever said that the book is 'nothing more than fabricated stories made by former, disgruntled employees told to make the president look bad, ' " Kimmel continued before adding his own commentary.

According to Woodward, when Trump finally condemned them, he nearly immediately told aides: "That was the biggest fucking mistake I've made" and the "worst speech I've ever given".

White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shaj was asked about the book during an interview on Fox News' "The Story with Martha MacCallum" Tuesday night and said that although he has yet to read it due to his focus on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, "what's been reported about it is not the White House that I've seen".

Bob Woodward, as you might have heard, has a book about President Donald Trump on the way. But Woodward's book repeats the claim, according to the Post.

The book claims that at one point, Trump's then-personal attorney John Dowd felt he had to convince Trump that he would commit perjury if he talked to Mueller. I'll never be a staffer.

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".

He is openly longing to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions for failing to quash the Russian Federation investigation, even though Sessions has in every other respect done Trump's bidding to the letter.

Late Tuesday, Trump was on Twitter denying the book's claim that he had called Attorney General Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded" and "a dumb southerner".

Trump also responded to the book, calling the quotes in the book "made up by frauds, a con on the public".

Trump has slammed the book, suggested Woodward is a "Dem operative" who is trying "to divide".

We knew as well that, given the perpetual controversy over Woodward's deep-background sourcing, there would be the usual rollout of denials over the book's revelations. I never spoke to him.

Mr Wolff's book attracted attention with its vivid anecdotes but suffered from numerous factual inaccuracies. Woodward, an associate editor at the Post, rose to stardom with his coverage of the Watergate break-in that brought down President Richard Nixon.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks before signing an executive order on strengthening retirement security in America at Harris Conference Center in Charlotte, NC, U.S., August 31, 2018.

The book is being released after former "Apprentice" contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman published an expose on her time in the West Wing.

Woodward gained national fame for his reporting on the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, and has since written a number of books that provide behind-the-scenes glimpses of presidential administrations and other Washington institutions. He's repeatedly painted as at odds with his closest officials, some of whom denied the book Tuesday.