Starting a new job is tough. New office, new desk, different route to the water cooler. But Donald Trump has been president of the United States for nearly nine months and things are reportedly just getting progressively worse for him. How bad? Per a new Vanity Fair story, the president is now “unraveling.”
From Vanity Fair:
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. 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. “Alabama was a huge blow to his psyche,” a person close to Trump said. “He saw the cult of personality was broken.”
The most dramatic detail in the Vanity Fair piece involves a conversation sources say took place with security chief Keith Schiller. “I hate everyone in the White House!” Trump reportedly fumed. “There are a few exceptions, but I hate them!”
Two senior Republican officials said Chief of Staff John Kelly is miserable in his job and is remaining out of a sense of duty to keep Trump from making some sort of disastrous decision. Today, speculation about Kelly’s future increased after Politico reported that Kelly’s deputy Kirstjen Nielsen is likely to be named Homeland Security Secretary—the theory among some Republicans is that Kelly wanted to give her a soft landing before his departure.
The White House denied this, but based on previous behavior we’re about a week away from an official Trump “I hate everyone in the White House!” tweet.