“He has nobody around him. There’s nobody,” one person close to the president told our White House correspondent Peter Nicholas.
And as the impeachment inquiry deepens, with public hearings launching next week, it could get worse. Despite Republican assurances otherwise, the evidence so far isn’t landing in the president’s favor.
For previous occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, aides offered comfort, gut-checks, and candid feedback in tense moments. The current president’s chronic isolation may feed destructive tendencies. As Peter puts it, “as the stressors of impeachment grow, so does the prospect of more erratic behavior and self-sabotage.”