Bob Woodward new book, ‘Fear – Trump and the White House’ has now been released. The following are some of the best quotes:
Gary Cohn – Former Chief Economic Advisor
‘I can stop this. I’ll just take the paper off his desk’
Woodward describes several instances where former chief economic adviser Gary Cohn and White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, removed documents from the president’s desk to keep Mr Trump from signing them.
John Dowd, Trump’s former personal attorney
‘Don’t testify. It’s either that or an orange jumpsuit’
On 27 January, the president’s personal attorney John Dowd staged a mock interview session with the president to demonstrate what he feared would be the disastrous results if Mr Trump were to sit down with Robert Mueller’s special counsel team investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
It didn’t go well, as the president grew increasingly frustrated with the intensity of the questioning, at one point angrily calling the investigation “a goddamn hoax”.
Dowd would go on to meet Mr Mueller and reportedly tell him that he couldn’t agree to the interview because he didn’t want to let the president “look like an idiot” and embarrass the nation on the world stage.
When it later appeared that the president had changed his mind and was going to testify after all, Mr Dowd resigned.
‘Let’s [expletive] kill him. Let’s go in’
After the US believed the Syrian government had launched another chemical attack in April 2017, Mr Trump told Defence Secretary James Mattis to assassinate President Bashar Assad.
‘Let’s kill the [expletive] lot of them,’ the president reportedly said.
Mr Mattis acknowledged Mr Trump’s request then, after the conversation, told an aide he wouldn’t do “any of that”.
‘This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner. He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.’
Trump is quoted as describing Attorney General Jeff Sessions
John Kelly, Chief of Staff
‘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.’
‘If that was me, I would have taken that resignation letter and shoved it up his ass six different times.’
After Trump’s Charlottesville, Virginia, controversy, in which he failed to condemn white supremacists, Cohn tried to resign but was instead dressed down by Trump and accused of “treason.”
Kelly, who is Trump’s current chief of staff, told Cohn afterward, according to notes Cohn made of the exchange
Rob Porter, Former Staff Secretary
‘A third of my job was trying to react to some of the really dangerous ideas that he had and try to give him reasons to believe that maybe they weren’t such good ideas.”
‘This was no longer a presidency. This is no longer a White House. This is a man being who he is’
Reince Priebus, Former Chief of Staff
‘When you put a snake and a rat and a falcon and a rabbit and a shark and a seal in a zoo without walls, things start getting nasty and bloody.’
Ivanka Trump, Advisor
‘I’m not a staffer! I’ll never be a staffer. I’m the first daughter and I’m never going to be a staffer!’
Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who frequently clashed with the first daughter and her husband said to Ivanka
‘You’re nothing but a fucking staffer! You walk around this place and act like you’re in charge, and you’re not. You’re on staff!’