President Donald Trump is still obsessed with finding the anonymous senior administration official who penned a New York Times op-ed criticizing him even as Hurricane Florence bears down on the East coast.
Vanity Fair’s Gabe Sherman reports that Trump’s anger at Bob Woodward’s new book is “dwarfed by his continuing fixation on the anonymous New York Times op-ed.”
Sherman’s sources described Trump as “obsessed,” “lathered,” and “freaked out” that the official still works in the administration.
“His son Don Jr. has told people he’s worried Trump isn’t sleeping because of it, a source said,” Sherman reports. “Meetings have been derailed by Trump’s suspicion.”
“If you look at him the wrong way, he’ll spend the next hour thinking you wrote it,” a Republican close to the White House told the outlet.
“Much of what’s fueling Trump’s paranoia is that he has no clear way to identify the author,” Sherman explained. “One adviser said Trump has instructed aides to call the anonymous author a ‘coward’ in public to shame him or her.”
“He’s going to continue to shame this person,” a person close to Trump told Sherman. “The author will break under pressure or will eventually say, ‘fuck it, it’s me.’”
According to the report, one of the only people the president still trusts is adviser Stephen Miller.
“The op-ed has validated Miller’s view, which was also Steve Bannon’s, that there’s an ‘administrative state’ out to get Trump,” a Republican close to the administration told Sherman.
“There is a coup, and it’s not slow-rolling or concealed,” Bannon told the reporter.
“Trump believes there’s a coup,” another source added.