Fun thing to do here is count the euphemisms for senility https://t.co/hI3ASYZxba
— Tim Octoberman (@timmarchman) October 11, 2017
Steve Bannon has told people he thinks Trump has only a 30% chance of serving full term. My latest: https://t.co/3EqYR8yWZl
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) October 11, 2017
Journalist credited for bringing down Roger Ailes gets assigned to Vanity Fair‘s Trump-watch:
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.”
The conversation among some of the president’s longtime confidantes, along with the character of some of the leaks emerging from the White House has shifted. There’s a new level of concern. NBC News published a report that Trump shocked his national security team when he called for a nearly tenfold increase in the country’s nuclear arsenal during a briefing this summer. One Trump adviser confirmed to me it was after this meeting disbanded that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a “moron.”…
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.
West Wing aides have also worried about Trump’s public appearances, one Trump adviser told me. The adviser said aides were relieved when Trump canceled his appearance on the season premiere of 60 Minutes last month. “He’s lost a step. They don’t want him doing adversarial TV interviews,” the adviser explained. Instead, Trump has sat down for friendly conversations with Sean Hannity and Mike Huckabee, whose daughter is Trump’s press secretary. (The White House official says the 60 Minutes interview is being rescheduled.)…
Recycling the GOP’s Reagan defence during the Iran-contra hearings: How can you cruel lie-brals abuse a sick old man like this? And by the time Oliver North was smarming it up for the cameras, the President was demonstrably, clinically past understanding what had been done in his name / under his auspices.
But right up to the end, Ronnie was a sunny, optimistic personality — and a trained actor. Trump is a nasty egomaniac who’s never taken direction well.
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) October 11, 2017
— Al Giordano (@AlGiordano) October 11, 2017
The pharmacist quoted now says he didn’t mean ‘Alzheimer’s drugs’ literally — it was just a hypothetical. “STAT: Reporting from the frontiers of health and medicine”… and maybe, accidentally, politics?