Colbert Is Back With An Urgent Warning For Trump Staffers

Lydia FlemingSep 06, 2018

"He said 'Donald Trump put up $7 million. why isn't Donald Trump putting up more money?"

The picture revealed - of an administration having a "nervous breakdown of executive power" - is unflattering in the extreme.

The one he wanted to talk about, though, was Woodward's "Fear", which he said is "a book named after the emotion Trump feels whenever he sees a book".

He also said that some people referenced in the details "have raised questions about the veracity of things that are being reported in that book".

"I can stop this". "I stole it off his desk", Cohn is quoted as saying. Mattis then prepared a note on airstrikes on Syrian military targets that Trump agreed with. Documents that would have allowed the president to withdraw the nation from the North American Free Trade Agreement and a trade deal with South Korea were hidden - and the USA has since committed to renegotiating the pacts.

This amounts to an "administrative coup d'état", Woodward says. According to Fear, Trump told White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter that Sessions was a "traitor" for recusing himself from overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump did not speak with him until the manuscript was complete, the paper said.

When it later appeared that the president had changed his mind and was going to testify after all, Dowd resigned.

"Well, a lot of them are afraid to come and talk, or - you know, they are busy", Trump responded.

Ms Conway is one of the aides with direct access to the president.

"Those are his lawyers trying to help him not go to jail", an incredulous Colbert said before impersonating a fictional lawyer. "How many more lost limbs?" I do not even know why any of us are here.

"In serving in this administration", Mattis concludes, "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".

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However, Mr Kelly has denied making the comments. "Someone told it to him". "You're past your prime".

What did John Kelly have to add? "He just scurries around".

"How in the world was I ever persuaded to pick him for my attorney general?"

The book says Mr Trump had ordered the Pentagon to arrange the assassination of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "He's this dumb Southerner", Trump is quoted as telling former White House staff secretary Rob Porter.

"This was no longer a presidency".

Priebus chimes in with his own assessment of how animals behave on the White House hunting grounds. "This is a man being who he is".

Amid the nuclear crisis, Trump also reportedly disregarded the significance of the massive US military presence on the Korean Peninsula, including a special intelligence operation that allows the United States to detect a North Korean missile launch in seven seconds vs. 15 minutes from Alaska, according to Woodward.

Woodward's work also comes weeks after former White House aide and "Apprentice" contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman published an expose on her time in the West Wing, including audio recordings of her firing by Kelly and a follow-up conversation with the president in which he claimed to have been unaware of Kelly's decision.

He also tweeted out several statements from senior White House officials refuting the book's claims. He told Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: "You're past your prime". We're going to take a very, very strong look at that. "If that was me, I would have taken that resignation letter and shoved it up his ass six different times".

Copies of the 448-page book, which was based on hundreds of hours of interviews and is titled "Fear: Trump in the White House", were obtained by "The Washington Post" and CNN. "This is the worst job I've ever had", Kelly said, according to the book. "That I can tell you.".

Mattis also denied the quotes attributed to him in Woodward's book. "I'm just thinking of the possibilities here". I'm committed to the [p] resident, his agenda, and our country.

The comedian later brought it up in his "A Closer Look" segment, playing part of the recorded phone conversation between Trump and Woodward.

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