Donald Trump used to routinely refer to Jim Mattis, his defence secretary, by his nickname "Mad Dog" in honour of the warrior reputation the former Marine Corps general acquired during a long military career.
The picture revealed - of an administration having a "nervous breakdown of executive power" - is unflattering in the extreme.
It's also true, however, that the reporter has unrivalled access to the corridors of power, and the general Washington consensus is it's better to talk to him than not, since your colleagues - and enemies - are certainly giving him their side of the story.
The book by Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward is the latest to throw the Trump administration into damage-control with explosive anecdotes and concerns about the commander in chief.
The book is out on Tuesday, but extracts were published by the Washington Post yesterday.
But it doesn't stop at the walls of the West Wing, which is why I want to focus on what Trump said about Sessions.
"That's false" and "it's just made up", he said, adding that "there was nobody taking anything from me".
Woodward describes these acts as "no less than an administrative coup d'etat".
One topic looming over the administration was Robert Mueller's investigation of the President's ties to Russian Federation, and the book reveals the debate between Trump and his lawyers over whether he should testify.
It didn't go well, as the president grew increasingly frustrated with the intensity of the questioning, at one point angrily calling the investigation "a goddamn hoax".
President Trump told Woodward in a phone call that he would have spoken to Woodward for the book, but he was not told about an interview request.
Dowd reportedly told the president: "Don't testify".
Trump called U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and said "Let's fucking kill him!" According to Woodward, John Dowd did a practice Mueller interview with Trump.
According to the book, Trump told Mattis that he wanted to have Assad assassinated after the Syrian president launched a chemical attack on civilians in April 2017.
Trump said that did not take place.
Trump also asked whether Woodward was a "Dem operative", and suggested that the timing of the book's release may have been politically motivated, with USA midterm elections only two months away.
"How many more deaths?" he asked.
By the end of the call, Trump had changed his tune: "So we're going to have a very inaccurate book, and that's too bad". As I stated back in May and still firmly stand behind: "I spend more time with the President than anyone else, and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship".
Trump: So I have another bad book coming out.
Woodward's book is based on hundreds of hours of taped interviews and dozens of sources in Trump's inner circle, along with documents, memos and diaries, CNN said.
The book follows the January release of author Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury", which led to a rift between Trump and Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist, who spoke with Wolff in terms that were highly critical of the president and his family.
According to the Post: "Under orders from the president, Porter drafted a notification letter withdrawing from Nafta". My copy of All the Presidents Men looks worn and exhausted, and I've watched the film more times than any person should care to admit. "You're past your prime".
But unless you're in dire need of an upgrade, the smart move is to wait for what the next iPhone, Pixel and even Galaxy S10 bring. It could lead to a handset that can easily transform into a tablet - simply by unfolding it.
The FBI said that the red slippers, stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Minnesota in 2005, have been recovered after 13 years. Tips flowed in over the years - including one from a psychic just last month - but they led either nowhere or to counterfeits.
Kaepernick tweeted an image Monday that said: " Believe in something. even if it means sacrificing everything ". Nike chose Kaepernick to promote the 30th anniversary of its " Just Do It " advertising campaign.
It also presents an opportunity for Anthony Martial, who has made a decision to stay at Old Trafford at least for this season. We lost at home, if the fans had reacted bad the team loses confidence, the week is not a good week, the team feels pressure.
According to The Star, caning under Islamic law is not similar to caning carried out for crimes under civil law. Malaysia is seen as a moderate and stable Muslim-majority country, but Islamic conservatism is on the rise.
After that it's a question of checking in at an Apple Store or an approved retailer to get your free handset fix . Research states consumers are choosing the older model over the newer one, making it the bestseller globally.
In addition, the sound technician for country music duo Big and Rich, cut the iconic Nike swoosh off of his socks in protest. Some have accused Kaepernick and players who followed in his footsteps as disrespecting the American flag and the military.
Lewis is the first victim identified Monday after two boats collided on head-on and sank, leaving 13 injured and three missing. Eric Sherwin, spokesman for the San Bernardino County Fire District, says the vessels collided head-on Saturday evening.
Experts on the conflict nextdoor in Afghanistan, America's longest war, argue that safe havens in Pakistan have helped insurgents. Pentagon spokesman Lt Col Koné Faulkner said the USA military would aim to spend the money on other "urgent priorities".
Meghan stuns in mini tuxedo dress
Prince Harry stole the show at London's West End after bursting into song at the hit U.S. hip-hop musical Hamilton . The Duchess of Sussex has taken part in a major new documentary series for the first time since becoming a royal .
Rafael Nadal, Serena march on
Meanwhile, Serena Williams survived her first test of the tournament to reach the quarter-finals for the 15th time. Thiem lost the 2018 French Open final against Nadal‚ and has a chance at redemption when the two meet on Tuesday.