"Saw him there. And shortly thereafter, Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon got into a car, went out to Langley to see the director of the CIA and the deputy director, and to ask about these things that Tony Blair had told the president". And the fact that it has happened exposes the weakness of the system, but it also exposes Donald Trump himself.
Although Mr Trump did not name the book's author Michael Wolff by name, he wrote that he "authorised Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times)". The publisher moved up the release by four days.
Wolff paints the picture of a president who is unfit for the job and aides who come to fear Trump is not capable of, or interested in, processing information and making important decisions.
Wolff said White House employees described the president as childlike because "he has the need for immediate gratification". The acrimony suggests a permanent split between the president and the strategist who helped him win the White House.
He said his book was based on about 200 interviews.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is alleged to have called Trump a moron last year - told CNN: "I have no reason to question his mental fitness".
"I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius and a very stable genius at that!" he tweeted. He also said he had spoken to Trump since the inauguration.
"Bannon has no contingent", former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Wednesday between media interviews to defend Mr Trump after excerpts from the book were published.
"Where do I send a box of chocolates?" he said.
THE author of an explosive book about Donald Trump's first year in office has branded the president a 'child' and says he has no 'credibility'.
Wolff said Friday he had spoken to Trump since the inauguration. And he again lashed out at the ongoing special counsel investigation into his campaign's contacts with Russian operatives, calling suggestions that he colluded with Moscow a "total hoax on the American public".
"This is all about money laundering".