Among the many revelations expected in Fear, the new book on the Donald Trump administration by the veteran journalist Bob Woodward, is the claim that a furious John F Kelly, the White House Chief of Staff, dismissed the president as “deranged” while later complaining to a private meeting that the government had morphed into “Crazytown”. Woodward’s newspaper, The Washington Post, has published tantalising snippets from the forthcoming exposé and it’s easy to see why:
Reince Priebus, Kelly’s predecessor, fretted that he could do little to constrain Trump from sparking chaos. Woodward writes that Priebus dubbed the presidential bedroom, where Trump obsessively watched cable news and tweeted, “the devil’s workshop,” and said early mornings and Sunday evenings, when the president often set off tweetstorms, were “the witching hour.”
…tensions boiled among many of Trump’s core advisers. Priebus is quoted as describing Trump officials not as rivals but as “natural predators.”
“When you put a snake and a rat and a falcon and a rabbit and a shark and a seal in a zoo without walls, things start getting nasty and bloody,” Priebus says.
Meanwhile, enjoy this audio clip of Donald Trump and Bob Woodward, one of the main reporters behind the exposure of Richard Nixon’s Watergate Scandal, in conversation.