Advisers fear Donald Trump is 'unravelling'
Advisors are struggling to contain US President Donald Trump, who is said to be increasingly unfocused and unhappy.
According two sources quoted in a Vanity Fair article, Trump told his security chief: "I hate everyone in the White House! There are a few exceptions, but I hate them."
Several people close to the President told Vanity Fair they were concerned Trump was "unstable", "losing a step", and "unravelling".
According to the article, a former official speculated that Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis have discussed what to do if Trump ordered a nuclear strike.
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"Would they tackle him?" the person said.
Steven Bannon, once at the President's side as chief strategist, has reportedly told people said he thinks Trump has just a 30 per cent chance of making it the full term.
A Trump advisor told Vanity Fair they were concerned about Trump's public appearances, and relieved he cancelled an interview on 60 Minutes last month.
"He's lost a step. They don't want him doing adversarial TV interviews."
The revelations came after a torrid week for Trump.
United States Republican Senator Bob Corker said President Donald Trump could set the nation "on the path to World War III" by making reckless threats to other countries.
Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to public!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017
Corker earlier called the White House "an adult day care centre" after US President Donald Trump attacked him in a Twitter tirade.
Trump also challenged his own secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, to an IQ test, even as he dismissed as fake news last week's reports that Tillerson had called him a "moron".
"And I can tell you who is going to win," Trump added, in a Forbes interview.
On Thursday, Trump again attacked the press, saying: "It's frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write."
Trump's anger came after coverage of Tillerson's "moron" comment.
This week, one of US President Donald Trump's oldest friends, Thomas Barrack said he has been "shocked" and "stunned" by some of the president's rhetoric and inflammatory tweets.