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Here Are the Most Extraordinary Quotes From Bob Woodward’s Book

The memoir by the award-winning journalist reveals consistent infighting in the White House and resentment among top aides.
Source: Evan Vucci / AP

On Tuesday, The Washington Post excerpts of the famed journalist Bob Woodward’s forthcoming book on Donald Trump’s White House. The excerpts reveal a White House in turmoil: Several current and former administration officials and aides are quoted expressing a lack of confidence in the president. Most notably, Defense Secretary James Mattis, who expressed a lack of confidence in Trump’s abilities to lead, comparing his understanding to that of “a fifth- or sixth-grader.” In a statement, Chief of Staff John Kelly denied that he had called Trump an “idiot,” saying, “He and I both know this story is total BS.”

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