President Donald Trump is not only struggling to avoid losing control of his presidency due to the ongoing Russia scandal. He is also struggling to maintain control over his temper.
One indication of this is Trump dressing down White House counsel Donald McGahn for not being more effective at ending the Russia investigation, according to a report by Politico. The president also spent Monday morning discussing his anger that special counsel Robert Mueller is continuing to press forward in investigating potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, as well as whether Trump himself committed obstruction of justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey.
The Monday outburst was not an isolated incident. Trump has also developed a habit of calling members of his outside legal team every morning so that he can vent to them about his concerns regarding the Russia scandal, according to a report by The Washington Post. This ritual serves the ostensible purpose of allowing Trump to get his Russia anger out of his system so that he can focus on other aspects of his presidency during the rest of the day, but when one White House adviser was asked whether or not this actually works, The Post reports that the individual “paused for several seconds and then just laughed.”
Trump has also been reported to have taken his anger out on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Not surprisingly, however, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway downplays these reports, saying that “conjecture about the mood and momentum of the West Wing is inaccurate and overwrought. The pace is breakneck, the trajectory upward.”