Trump reportedly called his attorney general Jeff Sessions a 'dumb southerner' and a 'traitor'

  • President Donald Trump reportedly called Attorney General Jeff Sessions a "dumb southerner" and mocked Sessions' accent behind his back, according to a forthcoming book by journalist Bob Woodward.
  • Trump also called Sessions "mentally retarded" and a "traitor" for recusing himself from the Russia investigation, according to the Washington Post, which reviewed a copy of the book.
  • This reported revelation is the latest in a long list of times Trump has insulted his attorney general.

President Donald Trump reportedly called Attorney General Jeff Sessions a "dumb southerner" and mocked Sessions' accent behind his back, according to a forthcoming book by journalist Bob Woodward.

Trump also called Sessions was a "traitor" for recusing himself from the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, according to the Washington Post, which reviewed a copy of the book.

Woodward also reportedly writes that Trump, mimicking Sessions' southern accent, called his attorney general "mentally retarded" and said that Sessions "couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama."

The revelations from Woodward's upcoming book are just the latest episode in a public feud between Trump and Sessions since the attorney general recused himself from overseeing the Russia investigation last year.

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Trump reportedly called Attorney General Jeff Sessions a 'dumb Southerner,' a 'traitor' and 'mentally retarded,' according to famed Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward's book, 'Fear: Trump in the White House.' 

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According to the book, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has called President Trump an 'idiot' and 'unhinged'. He also reportedly said 'this is the worst job I've ever had' and that 'we're in Crazytown'.

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Trump wanted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed after the April 2017 chemical war attack on civilians. According to Woodward he said, 'let's f---ing kill him! Let's go in. Let's kill the f---ing lot of them.'

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reportedly told Trump they'd follow through on the plan against Assad and then told an aide, 'we're not going to do any of that'.

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Trump's former top economic adviser Gary Cohn allegedly 'stole a letter off Trump's desk' to avoid a potentially disastrous decision on trade.

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According to the book, Trump falsely claimed that the late Sen. John McCain used his father’s military rank to get early release from a prisoner-of-war camp in Vietnam.

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According to the book, Trump told aides that condemning white supremacists and neo-Nazis was the 'biggest f—-ing mistake' he's made following the Charlottesville rally.

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In an interview with Fox News in August, Trump said the only reason he tapped Sessions to be his attorney general was because of his loyalty during the 2016 presidential election. Trump also suggested that Democrats have more power and influence in the Justice Department than Sessions.

Sessions responded with a rare rebuke of Trump, saying that "the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations."

On Monday, Trump attacked Sessions for jeopardizing Republicans' chances in the midterm elections by bringing charges against two GOP congressmen in August.

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) joins President Donald Trump (L) for an opioid and drug abuse listening session at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 29, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
President Donald Trump speaks with Attorney General Jeff Sessions as they attend the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., May 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions speaks next to U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally at Madison City Schools Stadium in Madison, Alabama February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry
U.S. President Donald Trump watches as Vice President Mike Pence (R) swears in Jeff Sessions (L) as U.S. Attorney General while his wife Mary Sessions holds the Bible in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington February 9, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 28: Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., left, endorses Donald Trump to be the Republican nominee for president during a campaign rally at Madison City Schools Stadium in Madison, Ala., February 28, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
U.S. President Donald Trump congratulates Jeff Sessions after he was sworn in as U.S. Attorney General as his wife Mary Sessions looks on during a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 9, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sits with U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) (L) and retired U.S. Army General Keith Kellogg (R) during a national security meeting with advisors at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 7, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a swearing-in ceremony for new Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 9, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Under a portrait of former President Andrew Jackson, U.S. President Donald Trump (L) congratulates Jeff Sessions after he was sworn in as U.S. Attorney General during a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 9, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
President Donald Trump reaches out toward Attorney General Jeff Sessions as they attend the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., May 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
US President-elect Donald Trump (C) talks with Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (2nd L) and US Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions (L) as he arrives in Mobile, Alabama, for a 'Thank You Tour 2016' rally on December 17, 2016. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
MOBILE, AL - DECEMBER 17: President-elect Donald Trump greets Senator Jeff Sessions, Trump's picks for attorney general, during a thank you rally in Ladd-Peebles Stadium on December 17, 2016 in Mobile, Alabama. President-elect Trump has been visiting several states that he won, to thank people for their support during the U.S. election. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump watches as Vice President Mike Pence (R) swears in Jeff Sessions (L) as U.S. Attorney General while his wife Mary Sessions holds the Bible in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 9, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
MOBILE, AL- AUGUST 21: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump introduces Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions (R) Mobile during his rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on August 21, 2015 in Mobile, Alabama. The Donald Trump campaign moved tonight's rally to a larger stadium to accommodate demand. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump congratulates Jeff Sessions after he was sworn in as U.S. Attorney General as his wife Mary Sessions looks on during a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 9, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Despite Sessions being one of the earliest backers of his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump reportedly still wants to fire his attorney general.

Woodward's "Fear: Trump in the White House" is set to be published by Simon & Schuster on September 11.

The White House did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment on the book.

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