An overseas “Hail Mary” hasn’t made things easier for a returning President Donald Trump.
A scathing report from CNN details just how out-of-place the president of the United States is within his own administration.
Sources describe in shocking detail to CNN’s Gloria Borger just how out of touch Trump is with his role. Being a businessman who typically delegates duties to others within his company, Trump has taken the same approach in his White House. Explains one source, “He’s sitting there saying, like he does with everything, ‘You guys work for me. Fix this.'”
That approach hasn’t worked well for Trump, however, especially with dueling factions present in his administration.
This leaves Trump in another difficult situation: whom can he trust? And his aides are in a similar place. Their jobs are not secure, evidenced by the fact that major shake-ups have already occurred.
“No one is giving him the landscape,” says another source. “And no one has enough control — or security — to do that.”
A different aide explains the myth of Trump’s insistence on loyalty, describing it more as a one-way street for him to receive but that he only returns to family. “Trump is not loyal, except to his family. He can be solicitous and ingratiating. But if there’s a moment you are not useful, forget it, you’re done. No matter what you have done for him,” the aide says.
Another source details how the failures of his presidency have affected Trump. “He now lives within himself, which is a dangerous place for Donald Trump to be,” the source explains, adding that the president’s health (mental as well as physical) has deteriorated as a result. Trump is “emotionally withdrawing. He’s gained weight. He doesn’t have anybody whom he trusts,” the source says.
And his foreign trip didn’t do him any favors. “[A]ll this trip really did was hit the pause button,” they add.
A lot of his recent troubles stem from his firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Aides close to Trump say the move was a stupid one to make, mainly for how ill-timed it was. “If you had fired him on Day One, it would be a whole different atmosphere,” one member of the White House personnel says they told the president. “Doing it five months in made no sense.”
Indeed, Trump’s firing of Comey has created the possibility that the president could be charged with obstruction of justice — an impeachable offense.
If there’s any silver lining at all, it’s this: Trump seems only to focus when he’s been kicked down. “He only really listens when he’s down in the dumps,” says one person close to the president. But it’s clear that morale at the White House is dismally low under Trump.