The writer also alleged "there were early whispers within the Cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment" because of the "instability" witnessed in the president. On Capitol Hill, a confirmation hearing in a staid Senate office building is repeatedly interrupted by protesters shouting at the nominee and the senators; 70 people are arrested.
"The dilemma - which [the president] does not fully grasp - is that numerous senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations", wrote the official.
'I didn't bring the request to the president directly, ' she said. In true Trump fashion, 45 took to Twitter to share his views on the scathing piece: "The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going insane - & they don't know what to do", he wrote.
The depiction of Trump's White House offered by Woodward is off-base, Pence said.
The writer of the Times op-ed said Trump aides were aware of the president's faults and "many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations".
"Nearly 62 million people voted for President Donald J. Trump in 2016, earning him 306 Electoral College votes - versus 232 for his opponent".
"People better wake up to what's going on", he added.
Trump's claim about Sessions came in a Tuesday tweet, in which he wrote: "The already discredited Woodward book, so many lies and phony sources, has me calling Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded" and 'a dumb southerner.' I said NEITHER, never used those terms on anyone, including Jeff, and being a southerner is a GREAT thing".
Woodward said that his reporting on this White House took him "in the belly of the beast".
"This is not called a recovery, this is called a rocket ship", Trump said at a fundraiser in Fargo. If it should be determined that this anonymous author had access to classified information while serving the president, he/she must be tried and imprisoned for their crime.
With many prominent administration members delivering on-the-record denials, the focus could now fall on other senior aides to do the same, with questions raised about those who stay silent.
Woodward also reported that Cohn took another memo off Trump's desk that, had the president signed it, would have initiated the process for the United States to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.
"I have a golf pro who's mentally retarded", Trump told Stern. The President believes the rapid response to the book has been handled poorly and he blames Shine for that.