Many others saw it the same way.
Of Trump’s repeated foreign relations blunders, presidential historian Douglas Brinkley said:
“He’s just a bull carrying his own china shop with him whenever he travels the world.”
Back home, Trump spoke of ousting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Chief of Staff John Kelly. But a White House official said the threats are common and not taken seriously until Twitter gets involved.
“But he’s done this three or four times before. Nothing is ever real until he sends the tweet.”
Those observing the President often claim he is a narcissist. His reaction to the GOP losses in the midterm elections and anything but effusive praise from the press and foreign leaders support those claims.
According to psychiatric and psychological resources, the “hallmarks of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) are grandiosity, a lack of empathy for other people, and a need for admiration.”
“People with this condition are frequently described as arrogant, self-centered, manipulative, and demanding. They may also concentrate on grandiose fantasies (e.g. their own success, beauty, brilliance) and may be convinced that they deserve special treatment.”
“Individuals with narcissistic personality disorder have difficulty tolerating criticism or defeat…”
A person with NPD will blame others for all failures while taking credit for all successes. While only a clinician could properly diagnose any personality disorders in the President, his behavior after criticism and loss certainly fits the profile of a narcissist.