Newly released excerpts from 'A Warning' written by an anonymous White House official paint a wild picture of the Trump presidency

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  • The Washington Post published excerpts from "A Warning" the highly-anticipated book by an anonymous White House official Thursday evening.
  • The 259-page book, which is set to be released on November 19, claims to provide an inside perspective on the Trump administration.
  • The anonymous author alleges scenes of chaos behind the walls of the White House — from the president's degrading comments about women to the frenzy of officials trying to clean up the mess after Trump's overnight Twitter meltdowns.
  • Ahead of the book's upcoming release, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham dismissed the authenticity of author and the book, calling it a "work of fiction." 
  • The Justice Department also sent a letter to the publishers saying that the book might violate "one or more nondisclosure agreements."
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The Washington Post published quotes from "A Warning" the highly-anticipated book by an anonymous White House official, on Thursday evening.

The 259-page book, which is set to be released on November 19, claims to detail an inside perspective on the Trump administration, alleging scenes of chaos behind the walls of the White House. The Post obtained a copy before its release.

It is unclear if the author, who goes by the pen name "Anonymous," is a current or former White House official. "Anonymous" rose in prominence following an explosive op-ed published in The New York Times titled, "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration."

The author stands by using the anonymous moniker in the book, stating that it is because "this debate is not about me."

"It is about us," the author wrote. "It is about how we want the presidency to reflect our country, and that is where the discussion should center. Some will call this 'cowardice.' My feelings are not hurt by the accusation. Nor am I unprepared to attach my name to criticism of President Trump."

"I may do so, in due course," the author continued.

In the book, which according to The Post doesn't provide many specific scenes, the author does recount Trump's alleged words and behavior behind-the-scenes.

In The Post's recounting, the anonymous author wrote about the alleged frenzy that erupts follow the president's tweets, comparing it to that of nursing home attendants trying to catch a pants-less elderly uncle. "Anonymous" also claimed in the book that senior officials would sometimes wake up "in a full-blown panic" after the president posts shocking tweets overnight.

The author also claimed in the book that Trump makes misogynistic comments that prompt "uncomfortable silence."

"He comments on makeup," the author alleged, according to The Post. "He makes jokes about weight. He critiques clothing. He questions the toughness of women in and around his orbit. He uses words like 'sweetie' and 'honey' to address accomplished professionals. This is precisely the way a boss shouldn't act in the work environment."

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The Post reported that "Anonymous" also alleged that Trump thought it would be "stupid" to "pick this fight" with Saudi Arabia following the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents in 2018.

"'Oil would go up to one hundred fifty dollars a barrel. Jesus,'" "Anonymous" wrote, allegedly quoting Trump.

The Post also points out that some of the claims about White House incidents are unsubstantiated, including one where senior officials were certain that Vice President Mike Pence would support invoking the 25th amendment if a majority of the Cabinet approved of it.

Pence has denied the claim, saying he "never heard anything in my time as vice president about the 25th Amendment. And why would I?" His spokeswoman has tweeted calling the claim "fake news."

The author also walked back some of what was written in their op-ed for The Times in 2018.

"I was wrong about the 'quiet resistance' inside the Trump administration," the author wrote. "Unelected bureaucrats and cabinet appointees were never going to steer Donald Trump the right direction in the long run, or refine his malignant management style. He is who he is."

Ahead of the book's upcoming release, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham dismissed the authenticity of author and the book, calling it a "work of fiction."

"The coward who wrote this book didn't put their name on it because it is nothing but lies," she wrote in an email to The Post. "Real authors reach out to their subjects to get things fact checked — but this person is in hiding, making that very basic part of being a real writer impossible. Reporters who choose to write about this farce should have the journalistic integrity to cover the book as what it is — a work of fiction."

The Justice Department also sent a letter to the publishers saying that the book might violate "one or more nondisclosure agreements."

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