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US President Donald Trump reacts to a question during an interview with Reuters in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, August 20, 2018.

Still, President Trump can state to Woodward with a straight face that his version of an accurate book would be one that shows "that nobody's ever done a better job than I'm doing as President".

He also repeated a popular refrain of his about the "failing New York Times" and said the newspaper would be out of business if it weren't for the news he generates as president.

Both Trump and officials named in the book dismissed the stories as fictional and untrue.

In one example, former chief economic adviser Gary Cohn reportedly took a letter off Trump's desk to keep him from signing it because Cohn feared the consequences for the USA position in Asia. As expected, the demonstration did not go well and Trump at one point angrily called the investigation "a goddamn hoax".

The official says that Mr Trump has shown a preference for autocrats and dictators over allies, and opposed a strong reaction to the Salisbury poisoning.

"I do not know of any such instruction".

Trump has grown paranoid and anxious over an ongoing federal inquiry into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation in Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, prompting aides to compare Trump to former President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal, Woodward reported.

According to Woodward's reporting, Trump stumbles and contradicts himself during the exercise and Dowd is convinced that Trump should never sit down with Justice Department investigators.

The article reportedly caused the president to erupt with "volcanic" anger, two people familiar with his reactions told the Post, and that fury was barely contained in public as Trump raged against what he called a "gutless editorial".

However, the anonymous official's public declaration seems to support some details, such as administration officials stealing Trump's papers off his desk to prevent him from signing legislation they considered risky to the nation, as CNN describes from an advance excerpt of the book. "What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening", he told supporters earlier this year.

The book is not out yet, but you don't have long to get your hands on a copy...

The day's events came the same week as veteran investigative journalist Bob Woodward shared the first excerpts of his upcoming book about the current administration, Fear: Trump in the White House. "So I have another bad book coming out".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Fox News she hasn't spoken with Trump about filing any libel lawsuit.

Mr. Woodward's book is the latest to throw the Trump administration into damage-control mode with explosive anecdotes and concerns about the commander in chief.

White House officials did not immediately respond to a request to elaborate on Trump's call for the writer to be turned over to the government or the unsupported national security ground of his demand.

He later said that he did hear about Woodward's attempts from Graham, but noted that because Woodward didn't speak with him the reporter's upcoming tome would be "very inaccurate", and "that's too bad".