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Book Claims That U.S. President is a ‘Child’

January 8, 2018
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A new book about Donald Trump tells a story that is scaring people. The name of the book is “Fire and Fury,” by Michael Wolff. It is already a number-one best seller.

Over the last two years, the author was an observer during the campaign and then in the White House. He says his work reflects not his views. They are the views of the people who work in the White House and others who know Trump well.

The evidence about Trump is plain. It shows in his speaking style, his temper, and his lack of interest in details. Others have talked about President Trump’s mood swings and odd behavior.

”Fire and Fury” raises questions about the president’s mental health. Mental health professionals have differing opinions about Trump. One said, “He is definitely unstable. He is definitely impulsive. He is a world-class narcissist. You cannot say enough about how incompetent and unqualified he is to be the leader of the free world. But that does not make him mentally ill.”

What about the mental health of other presidents?

Abraham Lixncoln suffered from depression. Richard M. Nixon took Valium for anxiety. John F. Kennedy also took prescription medicines to treat anxiety. Aides to Lyndon B. Johnson were so troubled that they sought out three psychiatrists. The psychiatrists said that Johnson’s behavior might be paranoid disintegration.

Ronald Reagan’s aides were concerned about his mental state. Years later, doctors diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease. The aides discussed whether to invoke the 25th Amendment.

The 25th Amendment says a president can be unfit to do his job. The Vice-President and a majority of cabinet officers must sign a document saying so. The Vice-President then becomes the “acting president.”

Steve Bannon was a senior aide to Trump. He led the Trump campaign for president. He recently left the White House. In the book, he says that Trump’s son’s meeting with the Russians was “treasonous.” Bannon also said terrible things about other Trump family members. Bannon has now pulled back from his remarks.

President Trump is angry about contents of the book. He tweeted, “Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,” He added that he was “VERY successful businessman” and television star who won the presidency on his first try. He said, “I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”

Many observers say Trump is not fit to be president. Whether he is unfit is still a question.

Source: The New York Times January 6, 2018

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