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Lawmakers briefed by Yale psychiatrist on Trump's mental health: report

The Hill logo The Hill 1/4/2018 Brett Samuels
Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Hill More than a dozen lawmakers last month met with a Yale University psychiatry professor for two days to discuss President Trump's fitness for office, Politico reported Wednesday.

Dr. Bandy X. Lee reportedly met with the group of lawmakers on Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 and warned them the president is "going to unravel." All of the lawmakers in attendance were Democrats, except for one Republican senator.

"We feel that the rush of tweeting is an indication of his falling apart under stress. Trump is going to get worse and will become uncontainable with the pressures of the presidency," Lee told Politico.

Lee edited "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump," a collection released last October of testimonials from more than two dozen psychiatric experts assessing Trump's mental state.

The White House has in recent weeks brushed aside questions about Trump's physical and mental fitness.

On Wednesday, a reporter asked Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders if Americans should be "concerned about the president's mental fitness" after Trump tweeted that he has a "much bigger & more powerful" nuclear launch "button" than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Sanders said there should be concern over Kim Jong Un's mental fitness.

Some used Trump's tweet to renew discussion over the 25th Amendment, which allows for the vice president and the majority of the Cabinet to declare the president "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office" and remove him. It has never been invoked.

In December, Trump appeared to slur his words during a speech announcing the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The White House blamed the issue on a dry throat. Trump is scheduled for his first physical exam as president on Jan. 12. His military physician will make the results public.


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