"This guy is mentally retarded", Trump said of the former Alabama senator he picked to lead the Justice Department.
Mr Trump also said that the claim Gary Cohn had removed papers from his desk was "false", suggesting the sources for the story were "disgruntled employees or just made up".
In Woodward's telling, the president's aides fear not what he might do to them, but what he might do to the country.
James Mattis, the USA defence secretary, is said to have been exasperated after trying to explain the importance of America's military presence in the Korean Peninsula, which allows a North Korean missile launch to be detected in seven seconds.
"The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence", says the general's statement.
He also claims that two of the people most close to the president, Chief of Staff John Kelly, as well as the Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, are sick and exhausted of Trump's behavior.
Publication of Woodward's book has been anticipated for weeks, and current and former White House officials estimate that almost all their colleagues cooperated with the famed Watergate journalist.
Among Washington writers, Woodward, who together with Carl Bernstein brought down president Richard Nixon with their 1970s Watergate expose in the Post, is most respected for his reporting on the modern presidency.
Mueller has asked the White House for access to Trump, and administration officials have negotiated for months over how that might happen. Woodward's newspaper, The Washington Post, published extracts from the book Tuesday.
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According to the book, Mr Cohn "stole a letter off Trump's desk" that the President was intending to sign to formally withdraw the USA from a trade agreement with South Korea.
The book will be released next week and, presumably, Woodward will be making the rounds on TV for a couple weeks after that. "He's this dumb Southerner", Trump reportedly told Porter about Sessions. "Mr. President, I'm afraid I just can't help you".
"Fear: Trump In The White House" paints a picture of an administration in chaos, with Trump aides quoted as calling him an "idiot" and admitting they snatched sensitive documents off his desk to keep him from taking rash actions. At another point in the book Dowd straight up calls Trump "a fucking liar".
"We're doing this in order to prevent World War III", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reportedly told the president.
Cohn has said he almost resigned over Trump's press conference in which the president blamed both white-supremacist protesters and counterprotesters.
Cohn, who tried to rein in Trump's protectionist impulses, also planned to remove a similar memo that would have withdrawn the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, Woodward wrote.
Trump told Mattis in a telephone call to kill Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, in retaliation for using chemical weapons.
In multiple meetings, the book says, Trump questioned why the USA had to pay for so many troops to be stationed in South Korea.
"Let's f-king kill him!"
No clear response strategy emerged immediately after the Post report, but insiders speculated the fallout could be worse than from Fire and Fury, given Mr Woodward's storied reputation. "I stole it off his desk", Cohn told an associate, according to Woodward.