“I Hate Everyone in the White House!”: Trump Seethes as Advisers Fear the President Is “Unraveling”, by Gabriel Sherman. Beware: left wing publication, prone to telling their readers what they want to hear.
In recent days, I’ve spoken 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.
At first it sounded like hyperbole, the escalation of a Twitter war. But now it’s clear that Bob Corker’s remarkable New York Times interview — in which the Republican senator described the White House as “adult day care” and warned Trump could start World War III — was an inflection point in the Trump presidency. It brought into the open what several people close to the president have recently told me in private: that Trump is “unstable,” “losing a step,” and “unraveling.” …
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.”
According to two sources familiar with the conversation, Trump vented to his longtime security chief, Keith Schiller, “I hate everyone in the White House! There are a few exceptions, but I hate them!” (A White House official denies this.) 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. …
The White House denies these accounts. “The President’s mood is good and his outlook on the agenda is very positive,” an official said.
Who knows? If he is frustrated, it sounds like a rational response to a swamp that prevents him from doing anything much.