Dismayed to learn that being president is not as much fun as being a reality television star, Donald Trump has reportedly told a longtime associate “I hate everyone in the White House! There are a few exceptions, but I hate them!”
The report comes from Gabriel Sherman, the journalist who uncovered sexual harassment at Fox News and the resulting fallout at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp months before it led to the departures of Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly.
Then as now, Sherman’s story includes official denials that seem destined to fall apart in time.
“In recent days, I spoke with a half dozen prominent Republicans and Trump advisers, and they all describe a White House in crisis as advisers struggle to contain a president who seems to be increasingly unfocused and consumed by dark moods,” Sherman reports at Vanity Fair.
In addition to negative stories about his cabinet squabbles, “Trump’s ire is being fueled by his stalled legislative agenda and, to a surprising degree, by his decision last month to back the losing candidate Luther Strange in the Alabama Republican primary,” Sherman says.
Strange lost to culture warrior Roy Moore. Even though Moore is an adamant supporter of Trump, “Alabama was a huge blow to his psyche,” one source tells Sherman. “He saw the cult of personality was broken.”
Trump has allegedly been dispirited by the isolation that chief of staff John Kelly has imposed on the Oval Office, limiting access to the president in order to keep peripheral figures from winding him up.
Sherman reported earlier this week that Kelly has made arrangements “to prevent Trump from soliciting advice from members and friends” during a trip to Mar-a-Lago later this month.
Kelly is said to be so fed up fighting with the president that he floated rumors of resigning last week. Other reports say that Kelly is only staying in the job out of sheer patriotism at this point.
Even Thomas Barrack, a close friend of the president known as the “Trump whisperer,” expressed his concern and disappointment at Trump’s choices to Washington Post reporter Michael Kranish in a story published today. Senior political reporter Aaron Blake calls the interview “a very public cry for help.”
Those comments follow Trump’s childish dispute with Sen. Bob Corker, who says the White House serves as “an adult cay care center” for Trump. Prone to tantrums, Trump is said to be a “pressure cooker” of rage when he isn’t moping over bad press.
According to Sherman, former White House senior strategist Steve Bannon told Trump that the greatest threat to his presidency isn’t impeachment in the Senate, but his own cabinet deciding he is unfit to serve.
When Bannon mentioned the 25th Amendment, Trump said, “What’s that?” According to a source, Bannon has told people he thinks Trump has only a 30 percent chance of making it the full term.
Donald Trump, a failed real estate and casino mogul who speaks at a grade-school level of comprehension, who found new wealth and fame headlining a TV game show, knows nothing about the Constitution and can’t understand why nobody treats him like a god-emperor now that he’s in office. It’s a script so predictable that no network executive would approve it.
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