2018-09-01 15:41:19 UTC
You're president of the United States, running the most powerful nation on earth
stock markets soaring, joblessness sinking, the world in a season of relative
peace and prosperity.
The bottom line: But President Trump has never been more isolated from allies he
The public is against him: A new Washington Post/ABC News poll found a record
60% of Americans view him unfavorably.
Guess who those same people like a lot better: Robert Mueller (63% support his
investigation) and Attorney General Jeff Sessions (64% say he shouldn't be
fired; 62% side with him on the Mueller probe).
His legal team is shrinking. Not only is top White House lawyer Don McGahn
leaving soon, but McGahn deputy counsel Annie Donaldson is expected to leave
soon after. "[T]he White House Counsels Office has dwindled to about 25
lawyers, down from roughly 35," per the WashPost.
His allies are buckling, with embarrassing admissions in the plea deal by
personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
Immunity has been granted to his gossip shield, David Pecker, CEO of the
National Enquirer's publisher; and Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg.
Tensions with staff run high as ever. He has never been close to many of his
top staffers, and this is more true than ever.
The N.Y. Times' Maggie Haberman tweets: "His aides say he is behaving as if he
Be smart ... Everything in Trump's life has been about going big: The buildings
got bigger, the deals got bigger, the bankruptcies got bigger which only made
the comebacks bigger, which made winning the presidency all the bigger.
The corner feels small, and he keeps being told the one big move he fantasizes
about making staring down Mueller under the bright lights, one on one could
destroy it all.