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White House strikes back at Bob Woodward over new book

President Trump, flanked by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in November. Bob Woodward reports in "Fear" that after a discussion about the Korean Peninsula, Mattis told associated that Trump "acted like -- and had the understanding of -- 'a fifth- or sixth-grader.' " Foto: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford

WASHINGTON - The White House on Tuesday aggressively challenged aspects of Bob Woodward's explosive new book on President Donald Trump's administration, which paints a devastating portrait of a presidency careening toward a "nervous breakdown."

Hours after The Washington Post first reported several key incidents from Woodward's book, "Fear," the administration mounted a vigorous string of public denials, with statements from top advisers - White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders - as well as from Trump's former personal attorney John Dowd...

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