Even Ivanka Trump worries father will be impeachedadmin
As John Kelly said — according to Bob Woodward, that is — Donald Trump’s White House is “Crazytown.”
And no more so than this week, reports Vanity Fair writer Gabriel Sherman.
“Fear,” Woodward’s expose about a dysfunctional White House in the grips of “a nervous breakdown,” has already sold more than 750,000 copies. Both “Fear” and an anonymous New York Times op-ed published last week describe an “unhinged” president, at the same time a CNN poll shows that Trump’s approval rating has plummeted to 36 percent, triggering fears among Republicans of major losses in the mid-term elections.
Such is the state of the current White House chaos that even the president’s loyal daughter Ivanka Trump worries “her father will be impeached,” Sherman wrote.
Trump’s focus these days isn’t on governing, but instead on fulminating against people who cooperated with Woodward’s book and on finding out who penned the op-ed, Sherman added. Sources have told Sherman that Trump is “obsessed,” “lathered,” and “freaked out” that the op-ed writer, described as a senior White House official, and other leakers are in his midst.
Both the op-ed and Woodward’s book offer a harrowing portrait of “an administrative coup d’etat” in which quietly resistant senior aides snatch papers off Trump’s desk and otherwise work to protect the country from Trump’s “instability.”
Trump only really trusts family now, the Washington Post reported last week. That means daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner have been tasked with various responsibilities, including finding the op-ed author and controlling the crisis over damaging disclosures, Sherman added.
It remains to be seen whether Trump will heed speculation coming Thursday from right-wing provocateur Ann Coulter who believes Kushner, also a senior advisor, wrote the op-ed.
In an interview with the Daily Beast, Coulter said Kushner and Ivanka Trump probably need to put some distance between themselves and Trump in order to preserve their friendships and business connections among New York’s liberal elite in the event he loses the 2020 election or is removed from office through impeachment.
“They had just gone to the McCain funeral, and (the op-ed) was right after Labor Day, so they were probably feeling wistful for the Hamptons,” Coulter told the Daily Beast. “And the only way they can get back in is if they can say, ‘Don’t worry, we’re the ones who stopped the wall.’”
Coulter has never been a fan of Ivanka Trump or her husband serving in the White House. She has said Trump is only hurting himself by dismissing advice from experts and relying instead on two people who inherited their careers from their rich fathers and who lacked any government experience when they came to Washington D.C.
But Ivanka Trump and Kushner may be the only ones Trump trusts as his paranoia reportedly grows and meetings are derailed by his suspicions, Sherman wrote. Meanwhile, oldest son Donald Trump Jr. is worried that his father has become so stressed out he’s not sleeping, Sherman added.
Whether or not Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are secretly behind the op-ed, they have at least returned to one of their regular and most controversial White House duties: playing personnel managers.
Sherman wrote that Ivanka Trump wants to stage an administrative shakeup and get rid of Chief of Staff Kelly. She blames Kelly for people cooperating with Woodward.
“He’s destroying your presidency,” Ivanka told her father, according to an advisor who spoke to Sherman.
Ivanka Trump and Kushner want to replace Kelly, a former Marine general who was credited with bringing some managerial, top-down discipline to the White House, with someone who is more responsive to their needs, Sherman added.