18 Trump Aides and White House Officials Describe an Increasingly Unhinged President, Lashing Out and Destroying Alliances

Trump has become a storm in his own right, insiders tell the Washington Post

U.S. President Donald Trump leaves after a Hispanic Heritage Month event in the East Room of the White House on October 6, 2017 in Washington, DC.

President Donald Trump is lashing out at his staff, rupturing alliances and imperiling his legislative agenda in reaction to recent political blows and in frustration over what Trump sees as inadequate praise for his handling of recent hurricanes that have hit the United States, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. The alarming portrait of Trump is based on interviews with 18 White House officials and outside associates.

According to the report, Trump has prompted fury over hot button issues such as birth control and the national anthem. He also early destroyed a deal with Democratic legislators to protect so called "Dreamers," young immigrants brought to the country as children, in a bid to appeal to his populist base.

Two events in particular dealt heavy blows to Trump and his administration, according to the report. The defeat of Senator Luther Strange in Alabama's GOP special election race last month, for whom Trump actively supported, and Republican Senator Bob Corker's warning that the president's conduct could launch the U.S. "on the path to World War III."

A particular Trump loyalist, the report noted, warned that the president's rift with Corker and powerful bases of the Republican party could dash Trump's legislative goals like tax overhaul. "His presidency could be doomed," the source told the Post on the condition of anonymity. 

According to the Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll, the president’s popularity is eroding in small towns and rural communities, his base of support, and home 15 percent of the country. The poll of more than 15,000 adults in “non-metro” areas shows that they are now as likely to disapprove of Trump as they are to approve of him.