The assertion is made in the latest book on the inner workings of the current White House, which paints an unflattering picture of the president’s relationship with members of his administration.
It is also said that aides have removed papers from Mr Trump’s desk to prevent him signing them.
Fear Trump In The White House, by veteran reporter Bob Woodward, claims Gen Kelly has repeatedly called Mr Trump an idiot and quotes him as saying it’s pointless to try to convince him [Mr Trump] of anything.
The former marine general has also doubted Mr Trump’s mental faculties, declaring during one meeting We’re in Crazytown.
Defence secretary James Mattis apparently told a staffer the president had the foreign policy understanding of a fifth- or sixth-grader – a child of 11 or 12.
The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defense) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly. Their quotes were made up frauds, a con on the public. Likewise other stories and quotes. Woodward is a Dem operative? Notice timing?
Mr Trump responded on Twitter by posting statements credited to Mr Mattis, Gen Kelly and from the White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
He also suggested the book was published at a time to boost the Democrats during the Supreme Court power struggle, writing The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defense) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly.
Their quotes were made up frauds, a con on the public. Likewise other stories and quotes. Woodward is a Dem operative? Notice timing?.
Statement from Secretary of Defense, James Mattis pic.twitter.com/OneaxKCneV
Gary Cohn, the former director of the national economic council, boasted of removing papers from the president’s desk to prevent him withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Mr Trump’s former lawyer in the Russia inquiry, John Dowd, is said to have told Mr Trump not to agree to be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller as he doubted his boss’s ability to avoid perjuring himself.
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Don’t testify. It’s either that or an orange jumpsuit, Mr Dowd is said to have told the president.
Mr Mattis is quoted explaining to Mr Trump why the US maintains troops on the South Korean peninsula to monitor the North’s missile activities.
We’re doing this in order to prevent World War III, Mr Mattis said.
General Kelly has denied the book’s claims, saying in a statement The idea I ever called the president an idiot is not true… This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration’s many successes.
Statement from White House Chief of Staff, General John Kelly pic.twitter.com/LUN8cDr3N5
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called the book nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees.
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Mr Woodward, who along with Carl Bernstein helped expose the Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon in 1974, relied on so-called deep background conversations with sources, often recorded.
Current and former White House officials estimate that nearly all of their colleagues cooperated with him.
Statement from White House @PressSec, Sarah Sanders pic.twitter.com/mE73HSi6Rl
However, his sourcing was nonetheless questioned by Mr Trump in a telephone conversation in August, released by the Washington Post.
In the call, recorded by Mr Woodward with Mr Trump’s permission, the president first says he did not know about the book, then changes tack and admits he did, blaming staff for preventing the reporter from reaching him to discuss it.
The latest book is the third this year to lift the lid on Mr Trump’s White House, following Fire And Fury by Michael Wolff and an expose of her time in the West Wing by former White House aide and Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman.
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