Key quotes from Woodward book, NYT op-ed assailing Trump

Trump fires back at Bob Woodward book with statements from James Mattis and John Kelly

That's the only logical takeaway from the dogged pursuit of this goal by the "deep blue state", which reached a crescendo this week with a scathing New York Times opinion piece allegedly authored by someone close to President Trump, and the salacious excerpts from Bob Woodward's latest book, detailing what it describes as Trump's dysfunctional relationship with his inner circle.

Trump, he said, characterized his "little rocket man" tweet war with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un as "leader versus leader, man versus man, me versus Kim", and at one point drafted a tweet that said, "We are going to pull our dependents from South Korea - family members of the 28,000 people there". I don't talk the way I am quoted.

More than 25 high-ranking Trump administration officials have come out publicly denying having penned the op-ed, including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Defense Secretary James Mattis. "What are we dealing with this idiot for?'" the book quotes Dowd - who later resigned - as saying. "So if you're not interested in helping the president, then you shouldn't work for the president as far as I'm concerned".

"People better wake up to what's going on", he added.

First Lady Melania Trump also weighed in to address the writer of the op-ed through her spokesperson.

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Former Secretary of State John Kerry said the country faces "a genuine constitutional crisis" following Bob Woodward's reporting on President Donald Trump's dysfunctional White House and the unnamed senior administration official's op-ed assailing Trump in The New York Times on Wednesday. It leads us to question Cohn's telling of the story to Woodward and why Woodward never corroborated Cohn's story with anyone at the White House.

The document is reproduced in Woodward's book and is an example of how top White House aides would steal and hide documents from Trump that they believed to be a danger to national security.

That top officials are reportedly working against the elected U.S. leader has raised some alarm and not just from the White House.

"That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump's more misguided impulses until he is out of office".

Trump, in an earlier interview with "Fox & Friends", said the Times should not have even had the piece.

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They could get away with it, Woodward said, because Trump doesn't remember.

While Ryan said he did not know of any role Congress would have in investigating who authored the op-ed, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows suggested different.

Trump's planned tweet was considered "almost unthinkable" by aides, Woodward wrote.

Trump's comment Friday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should investigate who wrote the newspaper op-ed isn't the first time he has demanded that the Federal Bureau of Investigation or Justice Department look into a disclosure that is embarrassing to the White House.

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