Prominent Republicans and advisers to U.S. President Donald Trump speak of "a White House in crisis," with staff struggling to contain an "unraveling" and seething president, Vanity Fair reported on Wednesday.
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Sources told the publication that Trump vented to former director of Oval Office operations Keith Schiller, said to be one of the president's most trusted aides: "I hate everyone in the White House! There are a few exceptions, but I hate them!"
Bannon, who the president fired in August, is also said to have told Trump months ago "that the risk to his presidency wasn’t impeachment, but the 25th Amendment — the provision by which a majority of the Cabinet can vote to remove the president." Trump then reportedly asked Bannon what the 25th Amendment was.
The Vanity Fair report echoed information previously published in the Washington Post that two events in particular have dealt heavy blows to Trump and his administration: The defeat of Senator Luther Strange in Alabama's GOP special election race last month, 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."
According to the Post's report, which based its alarming portrait of Trump on interviews with 18 White House officials and outside associates, the president has prompted fury over hot button issues such as birth control and the national anthem.