While White House aides have become increasingly numb to fresh scandals, the book still increased tensions in the West Wing, especially given the intimate details shared and the number of people Mr Woodward appeared to have interviewed.
"I asked him whether or not this was true", Trump said, "and he said 'not only is it not true, I'd like to write a statement.' And I said 'Thank you very much, that's very kind.' He wrote the most attractive statement".
The president, as recently as this week, has questioned the validity of the tape, or suggested that it was leaked "illegally". If you call me again, I'm going to f*cking send you to Afghanistan.
"He's an idiot", he said of Trump, "It's pointless to try to convince him of anything".
"I don't want him looking like an idiot", Dowd said. Despite all those disgusting things listed above, I do know that Trump would take even more extreme measures without more competent people around him, and ruin everything in the process, but no one gets bonus points for the bare minimum of keeping him from jabbing the nuclear launch button like he's expecting it to deliver him a Diet Coke. Trump said. Woodward quotes Mattis as telling the president he would get right on that.
"While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility", Mattis said of Woodward's book. The administration found in Woodward's book is one racked with anxiety over the president's erratic behaviors, where everyone is a potential target of Trump's belittlement.
Woodward's account also quotes Defense Secretary Jim Mattis as saying that Trump comprehends material at the level of "a fifth- or sixth-grader".
Trump earlier on Wednesday tweeted the book had already been refuted by Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chief of Staff John Kelly-both quoted in the book as trashing Trump or not following orders-and said it was a "shame" books could be made up. For Woodward, it means putting almost a half-century of credibility covering eight presidents behind a vivid account he says is supported by scores of hours of recordings.
Those critics found even more irony in a five-year-old tweet from Trump that referenced a February 2013 Woodward opinion piece which blamed President Obama for a failure to compromise on the federal budget. "Don't know why Washington politicians don't change libel laws?"
Speaking to reporters at the White House, Sanders said the book did not accurately depict the administration, adding that it had been "pretty widely pushed back on".
According to Woodward's book, Trump called Attorney General Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded" and told defence chiefs about Syrian leader Bashar Assad: "Let's f****** kill him". We're very much looking forward to all of the nothing that these fearless resisters are going to do about any of it. "I have never seen anything like this".
"I guess I can bring it right to the president next time", Conway said.
So how will many of those non-partisan Americans react to Woodward's new book and Trump's attack against it?