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Only then did Trump say he wanted to participate, claiming in a phone call with the journalist that "nobody" except Sen. Trump, the writer argues, holds none of the ideals held dear by conservatives and the Republican Party, adding that the president's impulses tend to be anti-trade and anti-democratic.

Meanwhile, administration officials and staff are engaged in "an administrative coup d'etat", according to Woodward, with senior aides conspiring to keep official documents out of Trump's reach as a way to avert economic or diplomatic crises. You never make those concessions. "That's very nice.' He wrote the most attractive statement", Trump said. Some White House officials expressed surprise at the number of erstwhile Trump loyalists willing to offer embarrassing stories of the president and his inner circle.

Trump is quoted as telling his hand-picked 80-year-old secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross, "I don't trust you". He said, 'Not only is it not true; I'd like to write a statement.' I said, 'Thank you very much. "I was down in Venezuela back in May and the characteristics are definitely the characteristics you get out there, where you award your friends and criminalize your enemies", said Corker, who is retiring at the end of his term.

The Trump administration is vigorously denying claims laid out in a new book.

The one-two punch has sent the White House into "total meltdown", according to Politico, as officials launch a full-scale hunt for the culprit behind the New York Times op-ed. He later called on the Times turn the author in to the government "for National Security purposes" and shared an ominous, one-word tweet reading: "TREASON?" Trump said on Twitter.

- The president on his nickname for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un: "Little Rocket Man".

Mattis did appear, however, to acknowledge he'd pushed back on Trump's ideas in high-level discussions. Woodward tells Trump he had contacted multiple officials to attempt to interview Trump and was rebuffed. But also, it shows people close to the president trying to protect him from himself - from his worst instincts - and protect the country from him, whether it was ending a trade deal with South Korea that they thought would damage US national security, starting a war with North Korea or sitting down for an interview with Bob Mueller.

Trump says Defense Secretary Mattis to keep his job
Some of the striking contents of the book were published by The Washington Post on Tuesday , ahead of its September 11, release. Trump says he would have liked to speak with Woodward and he says it sounds like it will be a "negative" book.

"The individual behind this piece has chosen to deceive, rather than support, the duly elected president of the United States".

There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also published a blanket denial, saying the book was full of "fabricated stories".

Almost 62 million people voted for Trump in the 2016 elections, earning him 306 electoral college votes against 232 for his opponent.

Sanders also called on the Times to "issue an apology" for publishing the piece, calling it a "pathetic, reckless, and selfish op-ed".

This is just another example of the liberal media's concerted effort to discredit the president, she claimed. Expressing the resolve of a handful of officials in the Trump administration to thwart Trump's "more misguided impulses", the piece zooms in to what its writer believes to be the fundamental problem: Trump's "amorality". "So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until - one way or another - it's over".

Trevor Noah: "There's a secret group of people within the White House actively working to curb President Trump, which is wild, because this means this whole time we've been dealing with the watered-down version of Trump!" he said on the Daily Show. "We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility", he wrote.