Brit Hume on Woodward book: 'Good thing' advisers restrain Trump from 'reckless impulses'

Brit Hume on Woodward book: 'Good thing' advisers restrain Trump from 'reckless impulses'
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Fox News's Brit Hume on Tuesday said it is a "good thing" that Trump's advisers restrain him "from his most reckless impulses," referring to excerpts from veteran journalist Bob Woodward's upcoming book.

"Woodward’s accounts of chaos and dysfunction in the Trump WH suggest he has been repeatedly restrained by advisers from his most reckless impulses," Hume, who has openly criticized the president multiple times, tweeted. "And to think there are never-Trumpers on the right who think good people should not serve this president."

"Good thing they do," he added

Excerpts from Woodward's book published by The Washington Post on Tuesday provide first-hand insight into a White House staff scrambling to clean up messes made by their boss. 


The White House on Tuesday insisted the shocking claims in the book are "fabricated," echoing statements it has made in response to previous tell-all books about the White House.

“This book is nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the President look bad," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

Anecdotes documented by Woodward reveal advisers stealing documents off of Trump's desk in order to keep the president from signing them. 

Then-White House chief economic adviser Gary CohnGary David CohnChristie: Trump doesn’t give nicknames to people he respects On The Money: Congress pivots to prevent another shutdown | Trump hits Venezuelan oil company with sanctions | US criminal charges filed against Huawei | Next round of China trade talks set | Forecasts raise doubt on Trump’s economic goals Gary Cohn joked about sending Trump to help Brexit talks: report MORE reportedly “stole a letter off Trump’s desk” to prevent him from leaving a trade agreement with South Korea, according to Woodward's book, as reported by the Post. 

Cohn also said he could stop the president from pulling the U.S. out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by "tak[ing] the paper off his desk," Woodward wrote.

At another point in the book, Trump suggests assassinating Syrian leader Bashar Assad, saying “Let’s f--king kill him! Let’s go in. Let’s kill the f--king lot of them," according to Woodward.

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Top US general: Trump wrong on Syria pullout, ISIS defeat MORE reportedly told a senior aide to disregard the president. 

"We’re not going to do any of that," Mattis said, Woodward reported. "We’re going to be much more measured." 

The Pentagon instead convened plans for a more conventional airstrike against the Syrian military.