US President Donald Trump has said that he did not discuss assassinating Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, disputing an account in a forthcoming book by journalist Bob Woodward. Donald Trump, speaking to reporters during a visit with Kuwaiti ruler Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, said a possible assassination was “never even discussed.” “That was never even contemplated, nor would it be contemplated,” Trump said, calling Woodward’s book “fiction.”
Donald Trump wanted to have Assad assassinated last year but Defense Secretary James Mattis ignored the request, according to the book “Fear: Trump in the White House.” Woodward’s book, which comes in at just under 500 pages, is due out next Tuesday and confirms virtually every suspicion about the problems with Trump and the utter dysfunction of his White House. It claims Trump’s chief of staff privately called him an “idiot” and presidential aides plucked sensitive documents off Trump’s desk and thought he was often unaware of foreign policy basics.
Woodward quotes an exasperated Chief of Staff John Kelly doubting Trump’s mental faculties, declaring during one meeting, “We’re in Crazytown.” However, John Kelly has denied the account in the book. “The idea I ever called the president an idiot is not true,” he said.