It has been reported that President Donald Trump and the White House have been nervously anticipating the rollout of veteran reporter Bob Woodward’s book on the inner workings of the Trump administration — Fear: Trump in the White House. Those fears and concerns were realized on Tuesday when the Washington Post published excerpts from the sure-to-be blockbuster, which hits shelves on September 11.
Among the bombshell claims included in Woodward’s reporting — obtained via hundreds of hours of interviews with White House officials and witnesses, government documents, and notes from meetings — is the anger and derision White House Chief of Staff John Kelly felt working for the president.
From the Post’s article:
White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly frequently lost his temper and told colleagues that he thought the president was “unhinged,” Woodward writes. In one small group meeting, Kelly said of Trump: “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.”
“He’s an idiot.” Just wanted to reiterate that, especially since the president has reportedly asked Kelly to stay on past 2020 and Kelly himself has said he isn’t going anywhere.
Kelly wasn’t the only high-profile figure in the administration who questioned the president’s intelligence and ability to understand basic issues. Defense Secretary James Mattis said the president acted like “a fifth- or sixth-grader” when he was unable to get Trump to comprehend why it was important for the United States to be able to quickly detect a North Korean missile launch.
Kelly’s predecessor, Reince Priebus, also complained about his inability to control the president and prevent him from causing chaos on a daily basis. He called Trump’s bedroom “the devil’s workshop” because that is where the president binge-watches cable news and tweetstorms, further labeling the early AM hours and Sunday evenings “the witching hour.” Meanwhile, Trump described Priebus as a “little rat” who just “scurries around.”
Check out the Post’s piece to see all the other juicy nuggets contained in Woodward’s book that’s sure to push the president over the edge.