Biden overruled Blinken and Austin's attempts to extend US presence in Afghanistan, new Woodward/Costa book says
The book explores Biden's determination to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan despite resistance from top advisers.
"The military doesn't fuck around with me," Biden told others in 2009, implying they had with Obama, according to the book.
Woodward and Costa write that Biden's Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin both pushed for a slower withdrawal.
Biden and his advisers hated to utter Trump's name, Woodward and Costa write, and aides "frequently warned each other to please avoid the 'T' word."
"What a fucking asshole," Biden once said of Trump, according to the authors.
'Unfinished business'"Presidents live in the unfinished business of their predecessors," Woodward and Costa write in "Peril."
For Biden, that meant stepping into the White House with a pandemic still raging, just weeks after the violent insurrection on January 6 at the US Capitol.
Biden started privately calling the White House "the tomb," and he found the White House cold and lonely, according to the book.
"He is not comfortable living in the White House," Biden's chief of staff, Ron Klain, told others, according to the authors.
Woodward and Costa write that Biden summoned Klain to Delaware to talk about his decision to run in March 2019.
"Biden and Graham would not talk again for months -- and if Biden had anything to do with it, they likely would never talk again," Woodward and Costa write.
Woodward and Costa write that Biden's stumble, which was replayed repeatedly on conservative media, frustrated the President.