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Timothy L. O'Brien

Fear and Loathing in Woodward’s White House

Trump has always been thus; this is just the latest confirmation.

Trump described Attorney General Jeff Sessions as “mentally retarded,” according to Woodward’s account.

Trump described Attorney General Jeff Sessions as “mentally retarded,” according to Woodward’s account.

Photographer: Shawn Thew/Bloomberg

Bob Woodward, as you might have heard, has a book about President Donald Trump on the way.

“Fear: Trump in the White House” is reportedly chock full of ripe White House anecdotes, with various prominent officials and staffers describing the president as acting and thinking like a “fifth- or sixth-grader,” as “unhinged” and as “an idiot.” Team Trump thus engages in what Woodward describes as an “an administrative coup d’etat” to circumvent Trump’s worst impulses (like pondering assassinating Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, launching a military strike against North Korea, and pulling out of key global trade agreements).