I was thinking about this article in the New York Times which suggests that Donald Trump is alone and isolated in the White House. I have been really hard on Trump in the past, I don’t see anything in common with him but I hate to see anyone working like this.
Usually around 6:30 p.m., or sometimes later, Mr. Trump retires upstairs to the residence to recharge, vent and intermittently use Twitter. With his wife, Melania, and young son, Barron, staying in New York, he is almost always by himself, sometimes in the protective presence of his imposing longtime aide and former security chief, Keith Schiller. When Mr. Trump is not watching television in his bathrobe or on his phone reaching out to old campaign hands and advisers, he will sometimes set off to explore the unfamiliar surroundings of his new home.
I wonder how healthy it is for the President of the United States to be without friends, allies or family in Washington. From what I remember or have read, Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Reagan had long time friends and political staff (who had become friends) come with them to Washington to help keep them grounded. Others became close because of shared interests like George W. Bush and Condi Rice’s love of sports.
For Trump, there seems to be no one. Those he does call friends often repudiate it or give the impression it is a very casual friendship. It just seems like a very lonely high stress existence. Not the best picture of the guy with the nuclear codes and who seems obsessed with conspiracy theories.