Mr Mattis told associates after a separate incident that Mr Trump acted like "a fifth- or sixth-grader", according to the book. He's gone off the rails.
"In serving in this administration, the idea that I would show contempt for the elected Commander-in-Chief, President Trump, or tolerate disrespect to the office of the President from within our Department of Defense, is a product of someone's rich imagination". "This is the worst job I've ever had".
Remember, this isn't some anti-Trumper. Trump plainly hates the people who work for him (at least some of them), and they hate him right back.
So he literally hid the paper to keep the POTUS from signing it.
"Let's fucking kill him!"
Porter dutifully drafted a letter withdrawing from NAFTA, but he and other advisers feared it could trigger an economic and foreign-relations disaster, so Porter consulted Cohn.
He wasn't the only one doing this.
Mr Trump's relationship with Rex Tillerson reportedly never recovered after news accounts that the former secretary of state once called the president "an [expletive] idiot". He described Reince Priebus, who served as chief of staff before Kelly, as "a little rat" scurrying around the White House; referred to former national security adviser H.R. McMaster as looking "like a beer salesman" in cheap suits; and described Attorney General Jeff Sessions as "mentally retarded" and "a dumb Southerner" unfit to be a county lawyer in Alabama, according to the book.
"Rudy, you're a baby", Trump reportedly said.
In a statement on Tuesday, Mattis dismissed the book as "a uniquely Washington brand of literature" and said the contemptuous words about Trump attributed to him "were never uttered by me or in my presence".
It's also a White House that has sparked a surge in the American economy, put its enemies on notice that it no longer will overlook attacks and put its friends on notice they no longer can take advantage, politically or economically, of the U.S. "When are you going to be a man?"
Or he did at one time anyway.
"It's just another bad book".
Woodward's negotiations for an interview with Trump fell through, although the president tried belatedly to talk to the journalist after the manuscript had been completed.
Woodward concludes the call by saying "I believe in our country, and because you're our president, I wish you good luck".
"There's no way you can get through these".
According to Woodward, Dowd explained to Mueller in January that he did not want the president to do an interview because he didn't want to "sit there and let him look like an idiot". "He just made something up".
The book describes how Dowd reportedly set up a practice session for Trump and told the president, "Don't testify".
One of the Trumpiest moments comes from after the book itself was finished.
Bob Woodward, a US Navy veteran, was 29-years-old and just months into a reporting job at the Washington Post when he got the tip that would change his life, and America, forever.
-John Kelly, White House chief of staffAccording to the Post-where Woodward has worked as a reporter and editor for decades-the "thrust" of Fear: Trump in the White House "mostly focuses on substantive decisions and internal disagreements, including tensions with North Korea as well as the future of USA policy in Afghanistan".
Woodward warned the president that it was a "tough" book. He also did something similar in the spring of 2017 when Trump was eager to pull out of Nafta.