Veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward just released his new book, “Rage,” and it reveals shocking information about Donald Trump and his administration.
In the book, Woodward writes that Trump is widely despised and mistrusted by senior officials within his own administration, including former director of national intelligence, Dan Coats.
In the book, Coats expresses concerns over Trump’s devotion to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“[Coats] continued to harbor the secret belief, one that had grown rather than lessened, although unsupported by intelligence proof, that Putin had something on Trump,” Woodward wrote. “How else to explain the president’s behavior? Coats could see no other explanation.”
Coats isn’t the only high-ranking official to express concerns.
“There may come a time when we have to take collective action,” James Mattis told Coats, according to Woodward. “[He is] dangerous. He’s unfit.”
Coats had been recruited to the administration by Vice President Mike Pence, a fellow Indiana native, and Woodward quoted an interaction between Coats’ wife and the vice president.
“I just looked at him, like, how are you stomaching this?” Marsha Coats said, according to Woodward. “I just looked at him like, this is horrible. I mean, we made eye contact. I think he understood. And he just whispered in my ear, ‘Stay the course.’”
Coats eventually considered resigning over Trump’s behavior toward Russia, but Pence urged him to stay on.
“Look on the positive side of things that he’s done,” Pence said, according to Woodward. “More attention on that. You can’t go.”