White House officials have been removing sensitive papers from US President Donald Trump’s desk so that he cannot see or sign them, an exceptional “administrative coup d’état” reflecting internal fears over the stability of the commander-in-chief, according to a book slated for publication this month.

Fear, by veteran Washington journalist Bob Woodward, describes a White House in a “nervous breakdown” where staffers are constantly trying to prevent the president from creating new crises.

Trump allegedly ordered the assassination of Syrian despot Bashar Assad last year after he used chemical weapons on civilians and rejected National Security Council assessments on the importance of America’s military presence in the Korean Peninsula, Woodward reports in his book.

The journalist, who broke the Watergate scandal in the early 1970s, has published several groundbreaking books on past presidencies and was granted similar access to Trump’s White House throughout its first year.

The book finds virtually every senior aide around the president, including his chief of staff, lawyers, national security and economy advisers, and his defense secretary consider him an “idiot,” “unhinged” and a danger to the country, prone to temper tantrums and impulsive decision-making.

Fear will be available on September 11.