The New York Times published an essay Wednesday that the newspaper said was written by a "senior official" in the Trump administration, supporting a central claim in Bob Woodward's forthcoming book: members of the president's staff are actively working to subvert him.
Since the Watergate expose appeared in The Washington Post in the early 1970s, Woodward has published powerful, insightful and often embarrassing books on eight U.S. leaders, including George W. Bush and Barack Obama, based on extensive access to many White House insiders.
The book recounts that Mattis told "close associates that the president acted like - and had the understanding of - 'a fifth- or sixth-grader'". Both officials denied those accounts in statements Tuesday.
Mattis is said to have told Trump that he would get on the matter but ignored the president's request - and instead put forth very limited options for conventional airstrikes.
The New York Times, it would not be inaccurate to say, has been at loggerheads with the Donald Trump administration nearly since the day the real estate mogul-turned-politician took office. "Let's go in. Let's kill the f-- lot of them". He also revisited a call to change libel laws, though he has no authority to do so.
The unnamed official painted a portrait of a divided White House because of misgivings over the behaviour of President Trump himself.
Trump tweeted that quotes attributed to Mattis were "made up frauds, a con on the public".
"I just spoke with Kellyanne [Conway], and she asked me if I got a call". "Look, all of this stuff is obviously insane, but at some point I think we've got to stop saying that it's a 'bombshell, '" he said.
It also comes on the heels of a bombshell, though widely refuted, book by former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman that prompted sharp rebuttals from the administration.
LIASSON: That's right. He is reported in the Woodward book to have told Donald Trump that he could sit down - the choice was between testifying to Bob Mueller or an orange jumpsuit.
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"We have a presidency which is off the rails", Kerry told Cooper and went as far as to say that the nation is experiencing a "constitutional crisis". They took your diaper off right there. "When are you going to be a man?"
"The already discredited Woodward book, so many lies and phony sources, has me calling Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded" and 'a dumb southerner.' I said NEITHER, never used those terms on anyone, including Jeff, and being a southerner is a GREAT thing".
Mr Trump's former chief economic adviser Gary Cohn reportedly saw a letter on the president's desk that would have withdrawn the USA from a critical trade agreement with South Korea.
The book is being considered the ultimate report on what happens inside the White House.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also published a blanket denial, saying the book was full of "fabricated stories".
Trump's former lawyer John Dowd conducted a mock interview with Trump to convince him that he would commit perjury if he agreed to talk to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russian Federation investigation, the book says.
In a message on Twitter Tuesday night, Trump denied making the remarks. "It's either that or an orange jumpsuit". There were quotes in it I didn't like. "We're doing this in order to prevent World War Three", Mr Mattis said, according to the book.
Mattis said Tuesday in a statement: "The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence".
Woodward's book also alleges Mr Trump wanted to "f**king kill" Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
"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", the piece states. I'm busy. But I don't mind talking to you.