Tony Schwartz, the author who ghost-wrote President Donald Trump’s best-seller “The Art of the Deal,” warned that Trump’s recent attacks on longtime American allies will likely only grow worse.
Trump vented his anger at the European Union and Canada in a string of early-morning tweets, as relations between the US and its closest allies continue to sour following the divisive G7 summit and the weekend attacks of his Canadian counterpart.
“His interest is almost entirely about how he is seen or how he thinks he’s seen,” Schwartz explained. “And therefore his perspective is a very… it’s wearing blinders. All he cares about right now, particularly in light of what happened at the G7, is that he can restore in his own mind his sense of self. And what’s so fragile in Trump is his sense of self.”
Schwartz noted that Trump instinctively lashes out at any criticism.
“I’m going to say it very bluntly: He’s mentally ill,” he said. “This is a man — and I understand I’m not a psychiatrist, but he’s prima facie mentally ill. He has a personality disorder. That means on its face this is a man who is unstable, who doesn’t think clearly and has narrowed his frame by pushing out anybody who will disagree with him.”
CNN’s Alisyn Camerota pushed back on his assertions, pointing out that many White House aides come on her show to insist that Trump is in possession of all his faculties.
“Alisyn, I love you, but that’s nonsense,” Schwartz replied.