‘Everything is coming apart’: Ex-Trump officials panicked his presidency is in unstoppable collapse (Raw Story link): On Saturday, Politico reported that former members of President Donald Trump’s administration see his presidency as mortally endangered and coming more unglued by the day — although they differ on whether Trump was always like this, or whether they simply have had a personal epiphany about the man they once worked for.
One of the key moments, for many of them, was White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney admitting, and then trying to walk back, that Trump indeed engaged in a quid pro quo in his attempts to get dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Just in the last two weeks, Trump precipitously withdrew U.S. troops from northern Syria and attacked America’s Kurdish allies as “no angels,” sparking outrage among GOP lawmakers; released a letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan whose undiplomatic language was widely mocked; called his former defense secretary “the world’s most overrated general”; and blew up at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a meeting his own White House had called.
Schumer explained how he'd reminded Trump of the dangerous conditions that could be created with the release of Isis fighters who'd been held by Kurdish forces, and noted that even retired Marine General James Mattis — Trump's former Secretary of Defense — had said that pulling out of Syria would enhance the terrorist group. According to a source who was in the meeting, Trump's response was to call Mattis "the world's most overrated general" and declare that he had personally "captured Isis in a month."
"He is not in control of himself, it is all yelling and screaming," the source said, adding that Trump was "100 per cent worse" and that even Republicans are now worried about his stability. As if to prove the anonymous source's point, Trump has spent the past two days claiming that he has brought peace to the region, rather than hand an unearned victory to Erdogan, Vladimir Putin, and Bashar al-Assad.