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White House officials flagged Trump's behavior to psychiatrist last year

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 9/6/2018
Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie © Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

White House officials reached out to a noted Yale University psychiatrist last fall out of concern over President Trump’s increasingly erratic behavior.

Psychiatrist Bandy Lee, who edited the bestselling book "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President,” told the Daily News Thursday the staffers contacted her because the President was “scaring” them.

Lee’s revelation comes as Trump fumes in response to an anonymous op-ed about administration insiders White House tell-all by journalist Bob Woodward that claims there are grave concerns among the highest ranks of the Trump administration about the President’s judgment.

Lee briefed a dozen lawmakers from the House and Senate last December about Trump's fitness to be President. But lawmakers on Capital Hill weren’t the only ones alarmed by the President’s erratic behavior, his troubling tweets or his temper.

A pair of West Wing representatives contacted her because they believed the President was “unraveling.”

"I had not mentioned this before because I did not want to confuse my role an an educator to the public,” Lee said when pressed about why she did not speak out sooner. “I thought I would be more effective by retaining my public role then getting involved in either the treatment of those who were feeling scared or in the actual intervention with the President.”

Salon first reported Lee’s claim.

Trump defended his mental fitness in January, calling himself a “very stable genius” and “like, really smart.”

He made the claim in response to the release of Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” which contained concerns from Trump’s senior aides about his mental fitness for office.

Woodward’s tome paints a similar picture.

Although mental health professionals typically stay away from diagnosing public figures they’ve never actually evaluated, Lee and others have chosen to speak out about their concerns.

The Trump official behind the anonymous New York Times op-ed appears to confirm Lee and other experts worst fears, that the “root of the problem is the President’s amorality.”

“Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision-making,” the unnamed writer adds.

Woodward’s book and the anonymous op-ed both paint Trump as a troubled, impulsive and dangerous man who has little regard for the rule of law or the power of the presidency.

His behavior has led several officials to retaliate by subverting his efforts.

"Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader. ... The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations,” the unnamed official wrote.

Political psychologist Dr. Bart Rossi said it is clear that Trump has been exhibiting narcissistic behavior and it has been getting worse as the pressures of the office mount and the federal Russia probe stretches on.

"I see someone who has a real narcissistic problem,” Rossi told The News. “The problem is he is narcissistic to the extreme. He’s self-absorbed to the point where he’s only concerned about himself.”

“The other problem is that he has a thought disturbance,” Rossi added. “When Donald Trump says something he expects others to believe it is reality even if it is completely fabricated.”

Rossi said his analysis is based on Trump's public statements and is made in the context of political psychology.

“We’re in very dangerous territory,” he added.

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