‘Madness’: New Report Details White House’s ‘Darkest Days’ as Trump Rails about Cable News and Staff Defections
The mood inside the White House is bad and getting worse, according to a new report from the Washington Post.
The report is sourced to 22 “officials, friends and advisers to the president and other administration allies.”
“Trump is now a president in transition, at times angry and increasingly isolated,” the story reads. “He fumes in private that just about every time he looks up at a television screen, the cable news headlines are trumpeting yet another scandal. He voices frustration that son-in-law Jared Kushner has few on-air defenders. He revives old grudges. And he confides to friends that he is uncertain about whom to trust.”
According to the report, things got worse with the announcement that Hope Hicks will be leaving. Trump had considered her to be almost family, and since then longtime friends have reminded each other to call and check on him. One ally described the scene as “pure madness.”
“Trump’s fundamentally distorted personality — which at its core is chaotic, volatile and transgressive — when combined with the powers of the presidency had to end poorly,” Peter Wehner, a veteran of the three previous Republican administrations told the paper. “What we’re now seeing is the radiating effects of that, and it’s enveloped him, his White House, his family and his friends.”
Among the more surprising details are that Trump believes the Democrats colluded with the Russians, that he will not get caught up in the Russia investigation and that he was angry to learn that after Trump attacked Attorney General Sessions he had dinner with Deputy AG Rod J. Rosenstein, who oversees the Russia investigation.
Read the full report here.