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Yale psychiatrist Bandy X Lee claims Donald Trump's mental health is 'unravelling'

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 05/01/2018 Martin Coulter

A Yale University psychiatry professor told US lawmakers that she believes Donald Trump'smental health is "unravelling" in a presentation last month, it has emerged.

Dr Bandy X Lee, an expert on violence, claimed the President posed a "public health risk" by being in office when she met a group comprised of Democrats and one Republican in a series of private meetings.

She told the New York Daily News: "From a medical perspective, when we see someone unravelling like this, it's an emergency.

"We've never come so close to in my career to this level of catastrophic violence that could be the end of humankind.

"He's very attracted to means of violence as a way of burnishing power.

"Republicans were equally concerned [about Trump's mental health]...possibly equally concerned. But whether they would act was a different question."

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Dr Bandy X Lee, an expert on violence, claimed the President posed a "public health risk" (AP)

Ms Lee previously edited the book 'The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump', a compilation 27 mental health experts' opinions on the incumbent's mental wellbeing.

Concerns were raised regarding Mr Trump's fitness for office on Wednesday after a tweet aimed at North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un warned that his "Nuclear Button" was a "bigger [and] more powerful one than this".

Richard Painter, a former ethics lawyer under former Republican president George W. Bush responded: "This tweet alone is grounds for removal from office under the 25th Amendment".

The American Constitution's 25th Amendment would allow Congress to remove a sitting president from office on the grounds that their physical or mental health is impairing them from performing their daily duties.

Mr Trump appeared unsuccessful in his bid to block the publication of a book containing explosive allegations about his Presidency on Friday.

Michael Wolff's 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House' is said to give a behind-the-scenes look at the US president's administration.

It contains a string of embarrassing and potentially damaging claims, including anecdotal claims that Mr Trump goes to bed with a cheeseburger at 6.30pm and watches three televisions at once.

The book is scheduled to be available to be made available for download on Friday.

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