Trump chief of staff used book on president’s mental health as White House guide

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Donald Trump’s White House chief of staff secretly bought a book in which 27 mental health professionals warned that the president was psychologically unfit for the job, then used it as a guide in his efforts to combat Trump’s irrational behavior. used as.

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The news of John Kelly’s secret purchase comes in a new book by Peter Baker of The New York Times and Susan Glasser of The New Yorker. The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021, to be published next week. The Guardian obtained a copy.

The book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, purchased by Kelly, was a bestseller in 2017. In January 2018, its editor, then-Yale psychiatrist Bandy Lee, described its purpose in a Guardian column.

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She wrote: “While we live within the letter of the Goldwater Rule – which prohibits psychiatrists from diagnosing public figures without individual examination and without consent – ​​there is still much that mental health professionals do to prevent from reaching the public’s awareness. Can tell first.

“These come from observing a person’s patterns of reactions, media presence over time, and reports from people close to him. In fact, we know far more about Trump in this regard than many of our patients, if any. Most do not.

“Nevertheless, the personal health of a public figure is his private matter—unless it poses a threat to public health.”

Kelly, a retired general, became Trump’s second chief of staff in July 2017 – after Trump was fired by tweets to Reince Priebus – and left the job in January 2019.

His struggle to impose order on Trump and his subordinates, and his sparse fallout with the president, has been extensively documented. According to Baker and Glasser, who interviewed Kelly, the retired Marine Corps general purchased a copy of Donald Trump’s dreaded case because he “sought for help understanding the president’s particular psyche and consulted him while running the White House, which he was Known as ‘Crazytown’.”

“Kelly told others that the book was a helpful guide to a president he had come to believe was a pathological liar whose inflated ego was actually a sign of a deeply insecure man.”

The authors report that Kelly’s view was shared by unnamed senior executives, quoting one: “I think there’s something wrong with that. [Trump], He doesn’t listen to anyone, and feels he shouldn’t. He doesn’t care what other people say or think. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

The 25th Amendment, which provides for the replacement of a president unable to meet job demands, was discussed seriously at the end of Trump’s presidency after the Capitol attack.

Baker and Glasser say the amendment was tentatively discussed by cabinet members “within months after Trump took office.” However, its flaws – which would have been impossible to spot if Trump opposed its use – prevented further action.

Trump regularly dismissed claims about his mental health and his employees’ concerns about it. In January 2018, after the publication of Michael Wolfe’s tell-all book Fire and Fury, Trump memorably told reporters that he was “a very stable genius.”

Kelly has repeatedly attacked Trump. In October 2020, CNN told That Kelly told friends that Trump’s dishonesty was “astonishing … more pathetic than anything” and called Trump “the most flawed person” he had ever met.

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Trump retaliated claiming that Kelly “didn’t do well, had no temper and was eventually kicked out. He was eaten alive. He was unable to handle the pressure of this job.”

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump was a bestseller, Welcome As the “Most Courageous Book of 2017” by The Washington Post. But this also raging controversy On a discussion of the mental state of a public figure.

In May 2020, Lee lost his job at Yale, partly because he Told, on tweets about Trump. This month, a federal judge dismiss A lawsuit in which Lee said he was unfairly fired.


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