"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 says he called Mr. Trump an "idiot", an account Mr. Kelly denied Tuesday.
In an in August, Trump said the only reason he tapped Sessions to be his attorney general was because of his loyalty during the 2016 presidential election.
"We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous", the writer said. "I'm committed to the President, his agenda, and our country. This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration's many successes".
Defence Secretary Jim Mattis is quoted in the book as telling associates that Trump acted like and has the understanding of "a fifth or sixth-grader".
The Postpublished what it said was a conversation Woodward had with Trump after the book was finished.
In a later tweet Trump also denied calling Attorney General Jeff Sessions quote "mentally retarded" and a "dumb southerner", calling the claims made up and created to be divisive.
"He's this dumb Southerner. We did so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure", the Op-Ed's disclaimer reads. He was especially concerned about a transcript of the interview getting leaked and revealed to leaders overseas, Woodward wrote.
"Let's f***ing kill him!"
Sen. Thom Tillis, R- N.C., who grew up in New Orleans and Nashville, Tennessee, among other cities, also raised his Southern origins, saying: "As a Southerner, I have to say, Jeff Sessions ... is bright, studied in the law and well-respected universally by the conference here, I think that speaks for itself".
"We have somebody in what I call the failing New York Times that is talking about, he is part of the resistance in the administration. What are we dealing with this idiot for?" Kerry replied, "It scares the hell out of me".
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Ducey is appointing a McCain replacement until a special election is held at the same time as the November 2020 general election. Joseph Lieberman, a former United States senator and close friend, said on CNN: "I say goodbye and my heart will be heavy".
Mattis' statement follows a pair of denials from the White House regarding Woodward's book.
Dowd, in a statement Tuesday, said "no so-called "practice session" or "re-enactment" took place and denied saying Trump was likely to end up in an orange jumpsuit.
President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern U.S. leader, claimed the writer, who The New York Times, in a tweet, identified as a he.
Trump comments on Twitter Tuesday come ahead of the publication of Woodward's book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", which includes descriptions of current and former aides calling the president an "idiot" and a "liar".
LIASSON: Well, first of all, we should say that the White House has denied a lot of what's in this book.
But after hanging up, he told a senior aide: "We're not going to do any of that".
"We're not going to do any of that". Mr. Sessions has been a target of the President's wrath since recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation.
The 448-page new book reportedly relies on hundreds of hours of taped interviews, on the record and on background, but does not feature an interview with Trump himself. Some of my aides didn't tell me. "Let's see how it holds up".
Allies said some of the ire in Trump's orbit was focused on former staffers such as ex-staff secretary Rob Porter and onetime economic adviser Gary Cohn, who are sympathetically portrayed.
"A third of my job was trying to react to some of the really risky ideas that he had and try to give him reasons to believe that maybe they weren't such good ideas", Woodward quotes Porter as saying.