The risks of raging Trump

Reports of Donald Trump lashing out in a rage are troubling. This adds weight to concerns about a volatile presidency with a high risk of some quite bad turning to custard.

Washington Post: Inside Trump’s fury: The president rages at leaks, setbacks and accusations

“This account of the administration’s tumultuous recent days is based on interviews with 17 top White House officials, members of Congress and friends of the president, many of whom requested anonymity to speak candidly.”

Trump was mad — steaming, raging mad.

Trump’s young presidency has existed in a perpetual state of chaos. The issue of Russia has distracted from what was meant to be his most triumphant moment: his address last Tuesday to a joint session of Congress. And now his latest unfounded accusation — that Barack Obama tapped Trump’s phones during last fall’s campaign — had been denied by the former president and doubted by both allies and fellow Republicans.

When Trump ran into Christopher Ruddy on the golf course and later at dinner Saturday, he vented to his friend. “This will be investigated,” Ruddy recalled Trump telling him. “It will all come out. I will be proven right.”

“He was pissed,” said Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax, a conservative media company. “I haven’t seen him this angry.”

At the center of the turmoil is an impatient president increasingly frustrated by his administration’s inability to erase the impression that his campaign was engaged with Russia, to stem leaks about both national security matters and internal discord and to implement any signature achievements.

A deep state of anger over ‘deep state’:

Trump, meanwhile, has been feeling besieged, believing that his presidency is being tormented in ways known and unknown by a group of Obama-aligned critics, federal bureaucrats and intelligence figures — not to mention the media, which he has called “the enemy of the American people.”

That angst over what many in the White House call the “deep state” is fomenting daily, fueled by rumors and tidbits picked up by Trump allies within the intelligence community and by unconfirmed allegations that have been made by right-wing commentators. The “deep state” is a phrase popular on the right for describing entrenched networks hostile to Trump.

So Trump is raging against real and imagined hostility – with much of the hostility  trumped up to give him an enemy to appear to fight against.

The president has been seething as he watches round-the-clock cable news coverage.

Stories from Breitbart News, the incendiary conservative website, have been circulated at the White House’s highest levels in recent days, including one story where talk-radio host Mark Levin accused the Obama administration of mounting a “silent coup,” according to several officials.

Stephen K. Bannon, the White House chief strategist who once ran Breitbart, has spoken with Trump at length about his view that the “deep state” is a direct threat to his presidency.

Is the paranoia spread from Bannon or spread by Bannon?

The mood at the White House on Tuesday night was different altogether — jubilant. Trump returned from the Capitol shortly before midnight to find his staff assembled in the residence cheering him. Finally, they all thought, they had seized control.

The merriment came to a sudden end on Wednesday night, when The Washington Post first reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with the Russian ambassador despite having said under oath at his Senate confirmation hearing that he had no contact with the Russians.

Inside the West Wing, Trump’s top aides were furious with the defenses of Sessions offered by the Justice Department’s public affairs division and felt blindsided that Sessions’s aides had not consulted the White House earlier in the process, according to one senior White House official.

The next morning, Trump exploded, according to White House officials.

The president would trumpet his plan to grow military spending aboard the Navy’s sophisticated new aircraft carrier. But as Trump, sporting a bomber jacket and Navy cap, rallied sailors and shipbuilders, his message was overshadowed by Sessions.

Back at the White House on Friday morning, Trump summoned his senior aides into the Oval Office, where he simmered with rage, according to several White House officials.

Trouble for Trump continued to spiral over the weekend. Early Saturday, he surprised his staff by firing off four tweets accusing Obama of a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to tap his Trump Tower phones in the run-up to last fall’s election. Trump cited no evidence, and Obama’s spokesman denied any such wiretap was ordered.

A bad reaction in a bad mood. An ominous sign – Obama isn’t in command of armed forces any more but it’s a matter of time before someone who does will be the target of Trump’s ire.

Trump was brighter Sunday morning as he read several newspapers, pleased that his allegations against Obama were the dominant story, the official said.

But he found reason to be mad again: Few Republicans were defending him on the Sunday political talk shows.

Sounds almost like manic depressive phases.

31 Comments

  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  March 6, 2017

    He also seems to be spending a lot of time playing golf at the resort. It’s a long way to go for a game of golf.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 6, 2017

      Too much ticklee, him burst,

      At his age, he’s talking himself into having a stroke.

      • Corky

         /  March 6, 2017

        What’s the alternative to Trump? A cut out dumbie spouting: ‘my fellow Americans…blah blah blah.’ Trumps done more short term than many. The share market is through the roof, major US firms are hiring because of proposed expansions, immigrants are getting the boot and the wall is being built. Ok,so the Prez gets fuugged off, throws a fit and buggers off back to Washington on AF1 leaving his staff to find their own way back. Big deal. Buy a Cadillac.

        Admittly things do look dicey. My one wish is he achieves more of his goals before he gets the chop. That leaves a template to judge other presidents who come after him. And I guarantee the voters and the press will not be happy….they will miss the buzz and turn savagely on a new president. See Trump is slowly institutionalizing America. Like P, they need their daily fix.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  March 6, 2017

          They could hardly have anyone worse. Someone with dignity and intelligence would be nice.

          Beware skyrocketing markets, they fizz out as quickly as they rose.

          He hires migrant workers himself !

          He’s chucking out people who are legally there. Will Mummy Trump be deported ? (she’s still alive, I think-or is she ? ) Will the immigrant Mrs Trumps ?

          If he has a tantrum and leaves his staff stranded, that is most undignified and unpresidential.

          I predict that he’ll be a template all right-how not to do it.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  March 6, 2017

          There must surely be someone who is neither the caricature you describe or the egomaniac, loony Trump.

    • Blazer

       /  March 7, 2017

      Key and Obama were always on the …links.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 7, 2017

        Hardly, they live in different countries.

        • Blazer

           /  March 7, 2017

          Mittycat dahling…..Hawaii is a state of the U.S.A,……….I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT KNOW…THAT.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 7, 2017

            I….thought….that….you might have learned the proper way to use ellipses. You said that they played golf all the time, or words to that effect. Your use of ….is silly, affected and wrong.

            • Blazer

               /  March 7, 2017

              there is….no…proper…way.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 7, 2017

              There is. Simply using them between words with no purpose is meaningless. One might as well leave gaps .

              Ellipses have set purposes, like any other punctuation marks.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 7, 2017

              There is. Look up the definition of ellipse in a dictionary. It’s like filling a ^’* sentence with & =/ pointless /;! punctuation ?:”marks ;’/ of !?< any ?)! kind,.-}

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  March 7, 2017

              You confuse staid old formal English with it’s more vibrant and living variant Kitty. The ‘Rulz of Gramma’ is an old book written by a dead man. Move on.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 7, 2017

              You seem to confuse spelling and grammar, and there are still ‘rules’ that make the language not subside into gibberish-the old monkey on a typewriter thing. Putting three dots (ellipses) between words when there is no need for or point in using them. It makes the sentences read as if the person was stopping. After. Every. Word. And. Pausing. Before. They. Say. The. Next. One. It looks illiterate.

  2. Conspiratoor

     /  March 6, 2017

    Well colour me surprised, the washington post manages to conjure up no less than 17 anonymous top White House officials to parrot the same line. El Trumpo is throwing tanties. Now he’s a manic depressive. God help us all

    To be fair Ruddy said a lot more than ‘Donald is pissed’ in his article and I would suggest folks read it in full to get the context…

    http://www.newsmax.com/ChristopherRuddy/christopher-ruddy-democrats-smokescreen-russia/2017/03/05/id/776977/

    • It’s not just WaPo:

      Trying googling in News: donald trump anger

      • Conspiratoor

         /  March 6, 2017

        What I see is the rags Trump has doubled down on have mounted an orchestrated campaign to undermine him. Not all by the way. Funnily enough they are quoting the same ‘anonymous sources’. Why CNN have even wheeled out a grainy video of Trump, or is it Bannon, standing behind a window being ‘angry’

        What I also see is the polls continue to show a significant level of support for Trump. And this tells me there is a disconnect between what much of the media would want you to believe and how the voting public perceive him.

        ‘As far as I’m concerned, anger and energy is what this country needs’ – DT January 2016

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 6, 2017

      Nice link, C. Gross misrepresentation from WaPo in the service of its perpetually daily attack on Trump.

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  March 6, 2017

    When the film’s made about him, it will be called Raging Bullshitter.

    • duperez

       /  March 6, 2017

      Who’ll they get to play him? Schwarzenegger? 😂

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 6, 2017

        But of course-Danny De Vito’s dead, isn’t he ?

        😀

        • Anonymous Coward

           /  March 6, 2017

          As he’s currently on screen in the 12th season of “It’s always sunny in Philadelphia” which he’s been in since 2008, I’m going to venture that he’s still alive.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 7, 2017

            I heard that he had died-but it must have been a wrong report. Googling it gives a lot of contradictions, inc. date of death :-/ I’m sure that it was on the news, but could well have been news to him, too 😀 He does seem to had a near-death experience, which must have been misreported as a real one. I don’t watch American television, so didn’t know he was still on it.

  4. Zedd

     /  March 6, 2017

    it sounds like Mr T is so used to having his way, that he actually believes his ‘word is gospel’ & can not be wrong or even challenged !!!

    maybe someone needs to tell him to pull his head out, of his own ASS.. 😀

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 6, 2017

      How do you suppose the FBI decided Russia wasn’t (or was) working with Trump without bugging him?

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  March 7, 2017

        Perhaps by bugging Manaforte and overhearing incriminating conversations…

        And on that subject, as Manaforte happens to live in trump towers it’s entirely conceivable that any wiretap of the royal residence was directed at Manaforte, not trump. And that everything since is the outcome of the overblown conspiracy-theory imaginings of Mark Levin

        • Anonymous Coward

           /  March 7, 2017

          Wasn’t the “Trump Towers” tap to investigate the server that was pinging a Russian bank?

  5. Seriously, wouldn’t you be a tad grumpy if your staff were showing signs of loyalty to your predecessor and leaking material detrimental to the status of the organisation? Heads should roll in my view?

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  March 7, 2017

      Yup – starting with trump’s

      BTW trumps leak of FBI wiretapping was .. drumroll, please… a leak

  6. Joe, the President has the authority to decide himself what is classified or not. So by definition he can’t leak. I can, frequently, but then, I have the age advantage over him!
    The story about Trump raging is based on a CNN report that showed a video taken outside a window of the White House that allegedly showed Bannon and others in a “rage”. I have looked at it, and saw no sign of Trump at all. Try Googling it yourself and give us the benefit of what conclusions you can draw from the claims made by CNN, as you are a reasonable person usually?

    The evidence is stacking up against this not being anything other than a planned witch hunt by the Democrats to support the aim of the Leader of The Trump opposition, Obama, who has the announced aim of forcing a resignation of Trump or his indictment. Think about it, a Democrat Plan of Action circulated and discussed at a Post Election Day convention of senior Democratic members. I published this some time ago, and the way things are being played out support its authenticity. Then there is the money. Not just from known Democratic supporters but lso those with ties to the Clinton Foundation via Uranium One. I have a list of all the declared donors to Clinton’s campaign all candidates for pay to play.
    I could go on but I am boring you all no doubt. I can say though how happy I am to be born here in NewZealand, and hw much I hope that the US can sort its act out so those great US citizens who looked after us in two World Wars don’t need to migrate here to share the secret that is NZ.