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Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski at a campaign rally in Washington, Michigan. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

A new book by President Trump's former advisers Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie alleges that dozens of federal officials in Washington are working to undermine the president, according to a copy obtained by the Washington Post’s Philip Rucker.

Between the lines: Neither of the men work inside the administration, but they are close to the president and see themselves as "his outside protectors," according to Rucker. But both remain controversial figures and some White House officials, including Chief of Staff John Kelly, who reportedly physically confronted Lewandowski in the White House this year, are skeptical of their intentions.

Some key takeaways from "Trump’s Enemies: How the Deep State Is Undermining the Presidency," which is due out Tuesday:

  • Lewandowski and Bossie write that Trump told them in an interview for the book that Robert Mueller's Russia investigation has helped him politically. "I think it makes my base stronger. I would have never said this to you. But I think the level of love now is far greater than when we won." Vice President Mike Pence then agreed with Trump's assessment.
  • The president told them that he regrets not immediately firing FBI Director James Comey, saying, "I should have fired him the day after I won and announced please get the hell out."
  • They characterized former chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, who left the White House in March, as a "limousine liberal" and claimed that "the poster boy" conspired against Trump.
  • Lewandowski and Bossie similarly call establishment GOP officials who later joined the Trump White House, including former press secretary Sean Spicer, the "November Ninth Club," insinuating that the Republican Party never truly backed Trump until his 2016 victory.

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U.S. Capitol and stage are lit at sunrise ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden. Photo: Patrick Semansky - Pool/Getty Images

President Biden has delivered his inaugural address at the Capitol, calling for an end to the politics as total war but warning that "we have far to go" to heal the country.

What's next: Biden and Vice President Harris review readiness of military troops, a long-standing tradition to signify the peaceful transfer of power.

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President Joe Biden vows to be “a president for all Americans”

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President Joe Biden sought to sooth a nation riven by political divisions and a global pandemic, but warned that "we have far to go" to heal the country and defeat a "virus that silently stalks the the country."

The big picture: Moments after taking the oath of office, Biden spoke on the Capitol’s West front, from the very steps that a pro-Trump mob launched an assault on Congress two weeks earlier. They were attempting to overturn an election where Biden defeated former President Donald Trump by more than 7 million votes.

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In photos: The Biden and Harris inauguration

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were inaugurated as president and vice president respectively in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning.

Why it matters: Top Democrats and Republicans gathered for the peaceful transfer of power only two weeks after an unprecedented siege on the building by Trump supporters to disrupt certification of Biden's victory. Trump did not attend Wednesday's ceremony.

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