President Donald Trump “stumbles, slurs and gets confused” and “deserves to be fired,” according to a new book by an anonymous senior White House official.
According to The Independent, the author writes that Trump is simply unfit for office — and that “those who would claim otherwise are lying to themselves or to the country.”
“I am not qualified to diagnose the president’s mental acuity,” the unnamed official writes in A Warning, due out next month. “All I can tell you is that normal people who spend any time with Donald Trump are uncomfortable by what they witness.”
The book reportedly was written by the same official who wrote an anonymous op-ed published by The New York Times last year, who claimed at the time to be “part of the resistance inside the Trump administration.”
In unabashed terms, the author describes the President of the United States as “a twelve-year-old in an air traffic control tower,” and an “elderly uncle running pantsless across the courtyard” of a nursing home while “cursing loudly about the cafeteria food, as worried attendants tried to catch him,” The Independent reported.
Trump’s behavior leads administration officials to feel “stunned, amused, and embarrassed all at the same time,” the author writes.
“He comments on makeup, he makes jokes about weight,” according to the book. “He questions the toughness of women in and around his orbit. He uses words like ‘sweetie’ and ‘honey’ to address accomplished professionals.”
This is no way for a leader to act in the workplace, the author concedes, but the official is still against removing Trump from office through impeachment or the 25th Amendment. Such moves would only cause “further disunion.”
The Justice Department sent a letter to the book’s publisher and the writer’s literary agency on Monday, The Independent reported, “suggesting a confidentiality agreement may have been violated and asking for information that could help reveal the author’s identity.”
Hachette, the publisher, said it would not provide any identifying information beyond describing the author as a “current or former senior official” of the Trump administration.