CNN political analyst David Gregory said President Donald Trump is desperate to be loved and suffers from an overblown ego and paranoia.
“We have to look at what he believes and what he says and what he does about Russia, through the prism of his ego and paranoia. His desperation to be loved, to feel legitimate. There is no way he’s going to give any quarter on [special counsel Robert Mueller’s] investigation, on the specter of Russian meddling in our election — because that in his mind undermines his legitimacy,” Gregory said on “New Day” Monday. (RELATED: CNN’s David Gregory Thinks Trump Is ‘Naive’ And ‘Arrogant’ To Think He Can Negotiate With Putin)
“He’s never been able to pull back and say, ‘As president I have a larger job here. To protect the institution, to protect democracy, to protect, you know my own party,'” he said.
Gregory claimed Trump’s advisers are trying to run interference and are telling the president to scale back his tweets and said there is a “schism” within the White House because of it.
“I think when he tweets it is abundantly clear what he thinks about this,” Gregory added.
“When you see him come out like last week with the tortured language he used in a statement, that is clearly his staff work at play,” he said. “Those are his advisers saying, ‘Mr. President, you can’t talk like this. You have gone too far. You may want a relationship with Russia, but you’ve got to be a little more centered on reality.’ And so you see that schism with his own staff.”
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