‘Fire and Fury’: Is Donald Trump Really a Paranoid Germaphobe?

An exciting new book by journalist Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, was just released — and it has revealed some fascinating and shocking secrets about what goes on in the White House. Everyone is buzzing about the book, especially all the juicy tidbits about Trump himself.

A paranoid germaphobe?

donald trump meeting with the press at the white house

Trump is not a fan of germs. | Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images

One of the biggest speculations in the book is that Trump is a paranoid germaphobe. And while many “facts” from Fire and Fury will surely be disputed, there is quite a bit of evidence  to suggest that this rumor is true. Take a look at some of the evidence provided in the book and by the POTUS himself.

He loves to eat at McDonald’s for the strangest reason

Donald Trump eating McDonalds

Trump has a weird love for McDonalds. | Donald Trump’s Instagram

In Fire and Fury, Wolff makes note that Trump has always frequented McDonald’s. Initially, this seems like the last thing a germaphobe would do. But the real reason, Wolff claims, is startling: He has long been paranoid about being poisoned, and the food at McDonald’s has been safely pre-cooked — plus, no one knew he was coming.

No one is allowed to touch his toothbrush …

Trump at a campaign rally

Trump doesn’t want anyone coming near his toothbrush. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

According to Wolff, Trump has instructed White House staffers never to touch his toothbrush. This lends a little truth to both theories, that he’s paranoid and that he’s a germaphobe. Of course, this request does seem fairly reasonable compared to some of his other demands.

… in fact, Trump has forbidden White House staff from touching any of his personal items

Donald Trump and Mike Pence close with a kissy face

He actually doesn’t want anyone to touch his stuff. |
Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

The POTUS has apparently berated the White House housekeeping staff for touching his personal items, even one of his shirts that was left on the floor. “If my shirt is on the floor, it’s because I want it on the floor,” Wolff quotes him as saying. He has also instructed them not to touch his sheets, saying that he will strip them himself when he’s ready for them to be washed.

Then there is the matter of that key

Melania and Ivanka Trump debate

Melania doesn’t have access to Trump’s bedroom. | RICK WILKING/AFP/Getty Images

Given their rather rigid body language around each other, it may come as no surprise that Donald and Melania sleep in separate bedrooms. But what is more shocking is that Melania is apparently locked out of his room. Trump ordered a lock on his door that no one had access to, which prompted the Secret Service to speak up and insist they have access. Allegedly, Ivanka Trump also has access — but that’s it.

Trump finds the White House frightening

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We can see how the White House can be a bit creepy at night. | Ed-Ni-Photo/iStock/Getty Images

Trump, in fact, found the White House to be vexing and even a little scary, ” Wolff wrote. Maybe that’s why he ordered two television screens to be delivered to his room, in addition to the one that was already there. In his defense, with all the ghosts of presidents past likely roaming around, it’s probably a scary place at night.

Trump himself has admitted his germaphobia

Donald Trump Speech on Tax Reform

Trump is a germaphobe. | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Wolff wasn’t the first person to accuse Trump of being a germaphobe — in fact, he has admitted it himself. He has previously stated that he hates shaking hands with people, prefers to drink from a straw, and washes his hands as much as possible. No one knows exactly how Trump will end up exiting the White House, but it’s safe to say it won’t be because someone poisons him.

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