Donald Trump enters the final days of his presidency with a “shrinking” inner circle, being “isolated” and “angry” at former allies for not defending him vigorously enough over what is considered to be the incitement of last week’s violent insurrection in the US Capitol, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing unnamed “advisers and associates”.
According to the report, Trump, who is especially furious with his vice president, Mike Pence, is now also lashing out at his personal attorney, Rudi Giuliani, instructing aides not to pay the latter’s legal fees. Sources told The WaPo that Trump is not happy with the daily $20,000 sum demanded by Giuliani.
“The president is pretty wound up,” a senior administration official reportedly said, noting that Trump was upset that none of importance was defending him as the impeachment initiative gained traction. “No one is out there.”
Pointing at a lack of a campaign against the second impeachment, a Trump official suggested that people are simply “burned out”.
“I just think this is the logical conclusion of someone who will only accept people in his inner orbit if they are willing to completely set themselves on fire on his behalf, and you’ve just reached a point to where everyone is burned out,” a senior administration official said. “Everyone is thinking, ‘I’ll set myself on fire for the president of the United States for this, for this and for this — but I’m not doing it for that.’ ”
The outgoing president, according to the report, primarily only speaks to family members and his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, his deputy chief of staff, Dan Scavino, his senior policy adviser, Stephen Miller, and his personnel director, Johnny McEntee.