According to a new report from CNN, Donald Trump reportedly called Obama a “weak dick” over Obama’s conduct regarding Syria — and that’s far from the only mind-bending story within Bob Woodward’s new book about Trump and his White House.
CNN obtained a copy of the forthcoming book, Fear: Trump in the White House, and according to its account, Obama isn’t the only recipient of Trump’s frequent insults. Others, ranging from frequent Twitter target Jeff Sessions to Trump defender Rudy Giuliani, have also reportedly been the on the receiving end of the president’s colorful insults. The reported insults weren’t what aides found the most terrifying, though, according to CNN.
Foreign policy — including policy on Syria — is one of the areas where Trump’s conduct sparked the most fear among his aides, according to Woodward.
Trump has made some very rash statements on Syria that his aides had to covertly push back against, according to the Washington Post, which also obtained a copy of the book.
“Let’s f****** kill him! Let’s go in. Let’s kill the f****** lot of them,” the Post writes that Trump said after Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical attack on his own citizens in April 2017.
According to Woodward’s account, as reported by the Post, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Trump that he would move forward on assassinating Assad. Immediately after he got off the phone with the president, though, Mattis told an aide that “We’re not going to do any of that. We’re going to be much more measured.”