WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump is reportedly becoming isolated and stressed as the demands of the Presidency take its toll, says a new report.
“He now lives within himself, which is a dangerous place for Donald Trump to be,” one source close to Mr Trump told CNN.
“I see him emotionally withdrawing. He’s gained weight. He doesn’t have anybody whom he trusts.”
The President was already “in a pretty glum mood” before his first foreign trip to the Middle East and Europe, according to the source.
On his return, his woes intensified as fresh allegations emerged which centre on the role of the President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in communications with the Russian government.
Last week, The Washington Post reported Mr Kushner had met a Russian ambassador to discuss setting up a channel which would be immune from security monitoring.
A security analyst who worked at the CIA for 25 years said yesterday it was “hard to believe” the President had no knowledge of his son-in-law’s actions.
“I’m going to presume he did this at the behest of the President-elect of the United States,” Philip Mudd told CNN.
As ever, the President dismissed the allegations as the work of the “fake news media”.
Mr Trump is also facing an uphill battle over his hugely unpopular healthcare reforms.
The government is making a second attempt to replace Obamacare after it was forced to withdraw its last bill in a high-profile failure for the President.
The first American Health Care Act (AHCA) was pulled after it was clear it did not have sufficient support from Republicans.
It squeezed through the House of Representatives by 217 votes to 213 – but now faces a tough challenge in the Senate.