It’s no surprise to see that Donald Trump is irked by challenges to his supremacy and authority as President. It didn’t take long for critics to recognise that Stephen Bannon was a likely achilles heel for Trump – both in the risks Bannon posed by trying to overreach with White House actions, and with doubts about who was pulling the White House strings.
The president appears especially irked by the growing narrative of Bannon as the real power in the White House.
President Donald Trump on Monday lashed out via Twitter at a series of news reports revealing the turmoil inside the White House, leaning on his crutch of “fake news” as he struggles to control a hardening narrative about a dysfunctional West Wing.
One of his missives came from Air Force One en route to Tampa, Fla., as Trump panned a New York Times report that detailed the friction inside his administration and its early stumbles.
“The failing @nytimes writes total fiction concerning me. They have gotten it wrong for two years, and now are making up stories & sources!” Trump tweeted at 11:32 a.m., ignoring the fact that many of his top advisers were quoted by name in the story.
Trump seemed particularly incensed by reports and parodies about chief strategist Steve Bannon being the actual decision-maker in the White House.
It comes as The New York Times released an unflattering portrait of Trump’s nights at the White House.
It suggested he spends much of his time watching cable news and wasn’t fully briefed before signing an executive order elevating Stephen Bannon to the National Security Council.
The message came at 7:01 a.m., 52 minutes after Joe Scarborough, whose MSNBC morning show the president is known to watch religiously, had suggested that “maybe Bannon’s calling all the shots.”
Being super sensitive about anything threatening his ego always looked like being a weakness for Trump.
Trump is also grumpy about negative polls (is he happy with positive polls?).
CNN/ORC poll released on Sunday found that 53 per cent of American respondents opposed Trump’s Muslim travel ban.
CNN’s Brian Stelter pointed out that Trump tweeted about “fake” polls about 30 minutes after the network revealed the poll results.