On Friday, NBC reported a news item (link here) that Trump's rash, reckless, and potentially recession-creating embrace of a trade war he's now ignited was actually because he became "unglued" on Wednesday night and lashed out in an attempt to shift attention away from the criminal probe into his activities, his son-in-law Jared Kushner's mounting legal problems, and the resignation and Congressional testimony this week by Hope Hicks, one of his closest aides.
Also on Friday, Gloria Borger at CNN reported a piece (link here) that paints a stark portrait of the President with the title "The great unraveling: Trump's allies are really worried about him."
The spot opens: "Not since Richard Nixon started talking to the portraits on the walls of the West Wing has a president seemed so alone against the world. One source -- who is a presidential ally -- is worried, really worried. The source says this past week is 'different,' that advisers are scared the President is spiraling, lashing out, just out of control."
Trump has never seemed particularly stable, as his Twitter behavior and rambling, often incoherent public statements reveal. But the level of chaotic disconnect is clearly more visible now. For instance, when Russia announced potential stunning high-tech nuclear weapons this week, Trump said nothing but instead babbled on Twitter about Alec Baldwin's comments about him on television.
There is a mechanism to remove a mentally unstable President -- the 25th Amendment, which must be triggered by the Vice President and the Cabinet. Both Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan's cabinet discussed evoking the 25th.
Has Trump's Cabinet ever broached this subject? If not, the time might be nigh to begin discussions.