Woodward's detailed account, while not the first unflattering portrayal of Trump's turbulent presidency, carries special resonance in part because of the author's central role in exposing the Watergate crimes that led to the resignation of former president Richard Nixon in 1974.
"In serving in this administration, the idea that I would show contempt for the elected Commander-in-Chief, President Trump, or tolerate disrespect to the office of the President from within our Department of Defense, is a product of someone's rich imagination", Mattis added.
However, Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, lashed out at the daily, saying that "anonymous, meaning gutless, editorial".
What's more, the author says that some in the administration have whispered about invoking the 25th Amendment, a constitutional provision that allows the vice-president and a majority of the Cabinet secretaries to vote to remove a president who is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office".
"They don't like Donald Trump and I don't like them", he said of the newspaper.More news: Apple recalls iPhone 8 due to manufacturing defect
The author writes that Trump is facing a challenge to his presidency far greater than special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe or the bitter divide among American about his leadership. Dowd suggested Trump not testify.
According to the book, Trump told defence Secretary Jim Mattis that he wanted to have Assad assassinated after the Syrian president launched a chemical attack on civilians in April 2017. "We did not", Coats, who took the post overseeing the USA intelligence community in March 2017, said in a statement from his office Thursday. "And he's highly respected all over the world", Trump said in response to a reporter's question.
"Well, a lot of them are afraid to come and talk, or - you know, they are busy. Mr. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them".
"I have a golf pro who's mentally retarded", Trump said, according to the Huffington Post.
The book is already being called fiction by the president and by others in the administration as well. "If I weren't here, i believe The New York Times probably wouldn't even exist".More news: Unhinged liberals’ havoc at Brett Kavanaugh hearings a Supreme waste
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. According to Woodward, Cohn told a colleague that Trump never noticed.
The author called Trump "amoral", as well as "generally anti-trade and anti-democratic".
Many senior officials in President Donald Trump's administration have been working from within to frustrate parts of his agenda to protect the country from his worst impulses, an anonymous Trump official wrote in the New York Times on Wednesday.
In the essay first published online by the New York Times on Wednesday afternoon, the unnamed official painted a grim picture of a presidency in crisis, with senior members of the president's team actively working to undermine the president when officials believe his desired actions pose a risk to the nation's national security and basic governing principles.
"Well, about six people", Woodward said.
Scheduled for a September 11 release, Fear was ranked the top-selling book on Amazon on Tuesday.More news: Cops identify mom who brought baby on high-speed chase