Are These the Darkest Days in White House History?

Since the end of February 2018, White House aides have described an air of anxiety and volatility at the White House — even more so than usual —with a commander in chief who is uncontrollable. According to aides, these are the darkest days the White House has seen in the last six months, and they are worried that Trump’s administration is plunging into complete chaos.

Read on to find out why White House aides are saying these things. And decide if you agree that this administration is going down the tubes.

1. Trump is angry

Donald Trump

He is isolating himself more than ever. | Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images

According to The Washington Post, aides report that Donald Trump is angry — and more isolated than ever. Every time he sees a TV screaming about yet another White House scandal, he fumes. In addition, he tells friends he doesn’t know who he can trust, and he holds onto — and revives — old grudges.

Next: No hope

2. Hope Hicks resigned

Hope Hicks

She resigned after testifying for nine hours in the Russia investigation. | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks — Trump’s closest West Wing confidante — resigned at the end of February — one day after she testified before the House intelligence committee for nine hours as part of the Russia investigation. Coupled with last fall’s departure of longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller, Trump will have few solid loyalists left.

Hick’s absence will leave a huge hole in the White House staff, and Trump’s allies are concerned about it, according to The Washington Post. So concerned, in fact, that they’ve been urging one another to stay in touch with the president to lift his spirits.

Next: Bad decisions?

3. Trump lays down the law

turmp speaking in beijing against a blue background

He is driven by his emotions. | Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

Trump’s bad moods have been a constant in this unorthodox presidency — and he seems to be driven by emotion, impulse and ego, according to The Washington Post. At the end of February Trump’s moods manifested themselves. He changed positions on gun control. He also started a trade war that affected financial markets — and Republican leaders, along with many in his own administration, opposed the move. In addition, the end of February marked the start of his feud with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Next: A ray of sun               

4. Trump isn’t all doom and gloom

President Donald Trump

He recently prepared a comedy routine. | Pool/Getty Images

Some of Trump’s advisers say he’s not all doom and gloom, according to The Washington Post. The news coverage of him in the gun debate pleased Trump, and there have actually been some lighthearted moments at the White House. For example, he recently got together with his staff to prepare a comedy routine he presented at the February Gridiron, a Saturday night dinner with Washington officials and journalists

On the recent White House departures, Trump joked: “So many people have been leaving the White House. It’s actually been really exciting and invigorating ’cause you want new thought. So, I like turnover. I like chaos. It really is good. Now the question everyone keeps asking is, ‘Who is going to be the next to leave? Steve Miller or Melania?’”

Next: Increasing concern

5. Trump’s friends are getting more worried by the day

 General Barry McCaffrey speaks onstage

McCaffrey claims Trump’s judgement is flawed. | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

According to The Washington Post, Trump’s friends are more worried about his well being than ever before. They feel he’s negatively affected by his obsession with cable commentary and all of his perceived slights.

Barry McCaffrey, a retired four-star Army general, said the nation — and Congress in particular — should be alarmed. I think the president is starting to wobble in his emotional stability and this is not going to end well,” McCaffrey said. “Trump’s judgment is fundamentally flawed, and the more pressure put on him and the more isolated he becomes, I think, his ability to do harm is going to increase.”

Next: Two key events

6. Trump has a lot on his plate

Robert Mueller standing in front of a statue of lady justice and the seal of the Department of Justice.

The Russia investigation is turning up some issues. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump is dealing with an awful lot of issues, according to The Washington Post, which might be the reason for his recent moodiness. For example, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russia’s 2016 election interference — and Trump’s alleged obstruction of justice — has really heated up. And Jared Kushner, a White House senior advise and Trump’s son-in-law, lost access to America’s top secrets in February due to increased public scrutiny of his foreign contacts and of his blending business with government work.

Next: An unsure Trump?

7. Trump is asking for advice, but will he follow it?

Jared Kushner

He’s been asking if Kushner is involved. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Donald Trump has been asking those who are close to him if they think his son-in-law, Jared Kushner — or his company, Kushner Companies — has done anything wrong, according to The Washington Post. And according to two Trump advisers, Trump is telling his aides that he will not be ensnared in the Russia investigation, even though others around him will be. Trump maintains that the nation will finally realize that the Democrats — as opposed to his campaign — conspired with the Russians.

Next: Losing control

8. This is when Trump is at his worst

Us President Donald Trump walks from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House as he returns from his weekend trip to Mar-a-Lago, on February 12, 2017, in Washington, DC.

He does not like negative press. | Molly Riley/AFP/Getty Images

Because the Russia investigation has generated so many negative headlines — and because headlines matter to the president — Trump has been raging, according to The Washington Post. He’s most isolated during the evenings and early mornings, according to his advisers, which is the prime time for him to lose his cool.

Next: Seething about Sessions      

9. Trump calls Sessions disloyal

Jeff Sessions

Trump was not happy with Sessions’ dinner plans. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

When cable news showed a photo of Attorney General Jeff Sessions having dinner with Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein and another Justice Department prosecutor on Feb. 28, 2018, Trump freaked, according to The Washington Post. Rosenstein oversees the Russia investigation, and the news report described the meeting as an act of solidarity following Trump’s attack on Sessions in a tweet that morning. Trump was still raging about the photo of Sessions the next morning, and he told friends and allies he viewed it an intentional show of disloyalty.

Next: A new beef with Sessions

10. Trump is still seething over Sessions

He calls him ‘Mr. Magoo.’ | Disney

According to The Washington Post, Trump has been livid with Sessions for a long time because he recused himself from oversight of the Russia probe. According to aides, Trump calls him “Mr. Magoo,” a bumbling, elderly cartoon character created in 1949. But at the beginning of March, the president was freshly irate that Sessions asked the Justice Department’s inspector general — instead of criminal prosecutors — to investigate alleged violations the FBI committed in obtaining surveillance warrants.

Next: Another freak-out

11. Trump turns his attention to Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin imitating Donald Trump

Trump does not like people impersonating him. | NBC

Recently, according to The Washington Post, Trump targeted his anger at actor Alec Baldwin, who often does Trump impersonations. Just after Fox News Channel aired a segment about Baldwin saying he was tired of impersonating Trump on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Trump took to Twitter.

“Alec Baldwin, whose dying mediocre career was saved by his terrible impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing me was agony. Alec, it was agony for those who were forced to watch,” tweeted Trump. Trump added that Baldwin’s impersonation of him wasn’t as good as Darrell Hammond’s, another Saturday Night Live regular. “Bring back Darrell Hammond, funnier and a far greater talent!” Trump tweeted

Next: This is scary.

12. Peter Wehner speaks out

Peter Wehner on MSNBC

Wehner is also concerned about trump. | MSNBC via Youtube

Peter Wehner, a veteran of the three previous Republican administrations and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is concerned about Trump, according to The Washington Post. “Trump’s fundamentally distorted personality — which at its core is chaotic, volatile and transgressive — when combined with the powers of the presidency had to end poorly,” he said. “What we’re now seeing is the radiating effects of that, and it’s enveloped him, his White House, his family and his friends.”

Next: A chaotic R&R trip

13. Trump can’t relax

Donald Trump plays enough golf to be considered an athlete.

He golfs to relax — thus all the golf trips. | Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

When Trump left on Friday, March 2, 2018, for his private refuge private Mar-a-Lago Club in South Florida recently, he had dinner some old friends’ house — former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani and his wife, Judith. Blackstone Group chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman and others joined the party, where Trump tried to convince everyone that his trade tariffs were more popular than they thought.

That Saturday, Trump played at the Trump International Golf Course, where he tweeted “Happy National Anthem Day!” His happy mood didn’t last long, however, because just after noon he tweeted that the mainstream media has “gone CRAZY!”

Next: Not taking advice

14. Trump doesn’t trust his staff?

White House Counsel Don McGahn speaks during CPAC

Donald McGahn is extremely frustrated with Trump. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

According to The Washington Post, Trump’s staff is having its patience tested — a lot. Many feel Trump isn’t listening to their advice. Does he not trust the people he chose? According to his advisers, White House counsel Donald McGahn and national economic council director Gary Cohn are particularly frustrated that Trump isn’t listening to them.

Next: Chief of staff creates chaos

15.  John F. Kelly adds to atmosphere

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly

Kelly refuses to let the Porter thing go. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The media criticized White House chief of staff John F. Kelly for the way he handled the domestic-abuse allegations against former staff secretary Rob Porter, further adding to the chaos in the White House. But Kelly seems to be on firmer footing now, according to The Washington Post. When he recently gave a statement regarding his move from the role of homeland security secretary to the West Wing, Kelly joked, “God punished me.”

But Kelly didn’t let the Porter snafu go — he tried to explain the timeline of Porter’s dismissal with a group of reporters yet again, which surprised and some White House staffers because they thought the issue was buried. “Morale is the worst it’s ever been,” said a Republican strategist with access to the White House staff. “Nobody knows what to expect.

Next: Trump’s big surprise

16. Trump’s staffers didn’t know about the new tariffs

Gary Cohn peeks through a doorway

His staffers are in the dark. | Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images.

Trump’s staffers had no idea he made the decision to levy steep new tariffs on aluminum and steel — and that he would gleefully tout a possible trade war — which caused quite of bit of upset, particularly among his top trade advisers, according to The Washington Post.

Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council and Trump’s chief economic adviser, announced he was going to continue stalling Trump on tariffs, and called the tariffs “obviously stupid,” according to another staffer. Cohn resigned on March 6, 2018, after Trump moved to enact the tariffs against his advice. “You can’t do this, you can’t do that,” said a senior administration official. “The more you tell him that, the more he is going to do what he wants to do.”

Read more: These Politicians Knew Donald Trump Was Going Crazy Before We Did

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