Among roles that Peter Wehner held at the White House was director of speech writing for George W. Bush. He also worked for Bush’s father as well as George H.W. Bush’s predecessor, Ronald Reagan.
Wehner said that back in July 2016, he had sounded the alarm about Trump’s mental state, telling C-SPAN that he was “temperamentally unfit to be president” and believed him to be “erratic” and had a “personality disorder.”
In an article for The Atlantic, Wehner said his view back then has been validated.
US President Donald Trump speaks during a “Keep America Great” campaign rally at The Crown Arena in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on September 9, 2019.Further question marks have been raised over his mental capability.
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“It manifests itself in multiple ways: his extreme narcissism; his addiction to lying about things large and small, including his finances and bullying and silencing those who could expose them.”
The most recent example of his deteriorating mental state, in his view, was when he falsely insisted he was right to warn that Alabama faced a major risk from Hurricane Dorian.
Wehner is the latest public figure to question Trump’s mental faculties. Earlier this month, his former director of communications, Anthony Scaramucci, alleged that the president’s team is covering up his mental decline, telling CNN “he is in full-blown meltdown.”
Author of the book Trump:The Blue Collar President, Scaramucci later said in a radio interview: “Just take a look at tapes of him from 2015, 2016…Look at his speech mannerisms…There’s something going on there… he is missing syntax…his vocabulary is becoming extremely limited.
The president’s mental health has been the subject of an ethical debate in the psychiatric establishment whose ‘Goldwater rule,’ states psychiatrists should not give opinions on those they have not personally examined.
Lance Dodes, former assistant psychiatry professor at Harvard Medical School, told MSNBC: “There’s something fundamentally different about him from normal people. It’s a psychotic-like state.”