The White House and President Donald Trump have launched a scathing attack against the New York Times and the writer of an anonymous opinion piece outlining the existence of a "resistance" within the Trump administration. Woodward describes these acts as "no less than an administrative coup d'etat". "We're going to be much more measured", Mattis reportedly said to an aide.
The book, which is set to be released on September 11., alleged that Trump's current and former aides have called him an "idiot" and a "liar". Excerpts were published in a number of outlets, starting with the Post, on Tuesday.
Strikingly, the op-ed says that some in the Cabinet considered invoking the 25th Amendment early in Trump's presidency because of the instability and incompetence they saw in him.
Trump later tweeted, "TREASON?" and in an extraordinary move demanded that if "the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"
The Wall Street Journal is already reporting on the attempts to ferret out the op-ed's author at the White House. Mr Dowd, who stepped down in January, resigned after holding a mock interview with Mr Trump as a practice session, the book says.
He added: "Don't know why Washington politicians don't change libel laws?"
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But Kelly also came out against the book, asserting that the comments attributed to him were "not true". "Let's go in. McMaster and likened his former chief of staff Reince Priebus to "a little rat" who "scurries around".
Mattis wrote, in part: "The contemptuous words about the [p] resident attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence".
However, whoever it may be, this newly published editorial reveals that someone in the White House does feel as though the administration's job is to build a wall between Trump and America - and regardless of how many are willing to say so publicly, this individual says numerous others are doing the same work. The book says presidential aides snatched sensitive documents off his desk to keep him from making impulsive decisions.
The article added: "The erratic behaviour would be more concerning if it weren't for unsung heroes in and around the White House".
The piece titled "I am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration", said that meetings with the president would "veer off topic and off the rails".
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Fox News she hasn't spoken with Mr. Trump about filing any libel lawsuit.
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Stephen Colbert, who took a break from the "Late Show" for the past two weeks, explained how the book meant they had to redo the show's script: "It seems like an explosive book about the Trump White House comes out every few minutes".