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New Article In New York Times Offers Inside Look At Paranoid Trump White House

Nothing motivates more than paranoia. According to a new article in the New York Times, that phrase might well be the mantra of the Trump White House. Based on interviews with more than 60 people close to the president or involved in his campaign or administration, the article describes an administration obsessed with its many critics, and that flourishes on an “us versus them” mentality

Apparently, President Trump gets up every morning and tunes into CNN for news, then switches to political ally “Fox & Friends” for both comfort and new ideas. Insiders also highlight he watches MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” because it gets him revved and fired up to fight against his perceived enemies.

Then, after he’s gotten himself all worked up, Trump grabs his iPhone and starts to tweet. He tweets from both his bedroom and the den next door. Aides say he will occasionally go up the hall to the Treaty Room, sometimes dressed and sometimes still in nightclothes, to start his list of calls for the day.

Approaching his one-year anniversary in the White House, Trump has truly redefined the role of the president. It’s clear he sees the presidency much like his victory over Hillary Clinton, a position he must protect at all times and at all costs, and Twitter is his weapon of choice. Insiders say that Trump does not see himself as a powerful man dominating the world stage, but instead perceives himself as a maligned outsider who must constantly shout from the rooftop in order to be taken seriously.

For other presidents before Trump, the job of a president was about leading an entire country, not just a faction, and involved trying to balance competing interests. For The Donald, every day is a battle against powerful enemies who oppose his ultra-right agenda.

Insiders say Trump remains obsessed with last year’s election, and is firmly convinced that the investigation by Robert Mueller is a plot by the left wing to delegitimize him. He even still has a map highlighting the counties he won hanging on the wall of his White House office.

Several insiders commented to the NYT that Trump told his closest aides to consider each presidential day like an episode in a TV show where he vanquishes his enemies. Almost all of the sources agree that Trump spends four hours a day in front of a TV, often with the volume turned down

A number of insiders also report that Trump clearly seeks the approval of Chief of Staff Kelly, one of the very few individuals the president considers a peer.

The sources point out he often calls Kelly as many as a dozen times in a day to inquire regarding his schedule or ask advice about policies or personnel. The more organized White House access system instituted by Kelly has helped Trump find more space to think.

Current aides to the president claim that Trump does not really seek Kelly’s blessing, but say that Kelly is viewed as a trusted confidant. Of note, Kelly has also recently taken up a few of Trump’s favorite grievances, reportedly telling the commander in chief that some media sources are only looking to damage the administration.

Source: Metro, New York Times
Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, YouTube

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