The book “A Warning,” written by an anonymous “senior official in the White House, hit bookstands earlier this week, and includes several alarming anecdotes about President Donald Trump’s behavior while in office — including troubling observations about his mental capacity.
The anonymous author admits that they’re not a qualified professional to make such diagnoses. Nevertheless, they say that what they’ve observed in Trump is something “normal people” would become “uncomfortable by what they witness.”
It’s a problem they say happens with great frequency.
“He stumbles, slurs, gets confused, is easily irritated, and has trouble synthesizing information, not occasionally but with regularity,” the author of the book opines, per reporting from Newsweek. Trump “also can’t remember what he’s said or been told,” the author adds.
Sometimes his forgetfulness is a means for the president to “avoid responsibility,” while at other times (and more often) it appears that “Trump genuinely doesn’t remember important facts.”
The author recalled an occasion earlier this year when Hurricane Dorian approached the United States, building strength up to become a Category 5 storm — something Trump has said he had never “even heard of” happening before, according to Vox.
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“A Category 5 is something that, I don’t know that I’ve even heard the term other than that I know it’s there,” Trump said at the time, in spite of dozens of such storms happening within his lifetime, and a handful happening before Dorian but since he took office.
Recounting several criticisms that have made headlines over the years, the anonymous author wrote in their book, “You can see why behind closed doors his own top officials deride him as an ‘idiot’ and a ‘moron’ with the understanding of a ‘fifth or sixth-grader.'”
Trump has frequently derided critics within his administration or party, in the past and in recent days, as “Never Trumpers,” reporting from AOL has detailed. But the author of “A Warning,” seemingly anticipating those criticisms of themselves, said that such they are a dishonest take of the president’s observable behavior.
Those who have spent any real amount of time with him and say as much are “lying to themselves or to the country,” they added.
The anonymous author’s book is a follow-up to a New York Times op-ed they wrote more than a year ago. It’s unclear at this time who the anonymous author is, but they described themselves in that op-ed as part of a “resistance” effort inside the White House that has sought to minimize the impact of some of Trump’s more callous behavior.