Trump’s mood, according toNew York Times sources, has become “sour and dark,” with aides saying the president has turned against them; not even Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, has been spared as the president labeled them “incompetent.”
Speaking candidly with the Times, aides revealed there is a growing frustration with the seemingly endless supply of missteps, Twitter rants, and overall unpredictability. Some are concerned that Trump should not be alone when sitting down with foreign leaders for fear he might again go off-script without discretion.
Perhaps most telling is the Time’s revelation that three officials feel they cannot publicly give an honest defense of the president:
“Mr. Trump, a hasty and indifferent reader of printed briefing materials, simply did not possess the interest or knowledge of the granular details of intelligence gathering to leak specific sources and methods of intelligence gathering that would do harm to United States allies.”
Reports of possible staff changes have circulated in recent weeks, and sources told the Times that after reassuring Press Secretary Sean Spicer that his job is safe, the president indicated he needed to make “big changes” to other advisors.