Former member of the staff of President Donald Trump has said that he is becoming more “isolated” and “irritable” during the ongoing partial shutdown.
Answering a question by host Chris Matthews about the state of mind of President Trump, Omarosa Manigault Newman said that he had “been cooped up in the White House for the last four weeks.”
Matthews said that Trump had “frittered away the hours by watching multiple flat-screen TVs… gazing out of secure windows, tweeting at his enemies and phoning his friends.”
“He sits there and he gets more and more irritable and the more irritable he gets, the more erratic he gets. And the more isolated he gets. He likes to call people to reinforce that he is right in a situation even when he sees the data that says he is wrong, particularly on the shutdown. He is watching coverage that is showing Americans disapprove of this so he’ll call people who will say ‘you’re fine, what you’re doing is good, hold your ground’. He’s losing his mind,” she said.
Manigault Newman was part of the first season of Trump’s series The Apprentice, which aired on NBC. Having worked as part of Trump’s campaign team, in January 2017 she was appointed to a White House role as assistant to the President and director of communications for the office of public liaison. Manigault Newman resigned in December 2017 amid controversy, and has since gone on to be a strong critic of the President.
The panel also included NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson, who commented on how many government workers were struggling without paychecks during the shutdown. “It’s unfortunate, it’s unfair, it’s selfish of the individual who calls himself president,” Johnson said.