Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman on Wednesday explained that President Donald Trump loves to see “chaos” and “conflict” in the White House because it is the “only thing that gets him excited.”
During an interview on MSNBC, host Craig Melvin talked to Manigault about reports that the White House is in turmoil as several top officials — including Chief of Staff John Kelly and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen — are said to be leaving their jobs.
“You know, the one thing that I know that he gets enthusiastic about is a good fight, and so you’ll see the president start picking fights with everyone inside the White House, outside the White House, in his own party, in the opposition,” Manigault Newman said. “He likes a good fight. Without the boogeyman, Donald Trump is nothing but someone who is just constantly down, down, down, and that’s what you’re seeing.”
“During the rallies when he was in the midterm campaign season, he was enthusiastic because he could turn to the caravan and immigrants and all the different boogeymans [sic] he’s created,” she continued. “Without someone to kind of rail against, Donald Trump seems very, very disengaged. But you’ll see his bounce back will be to attack the Democrats, to create new enemies, to fight people within his own staff, and firings get him very excited, which is why you hear all this talk about him getting rid of different staffers and cabinet members.”
“That’s the only thing that gets him excited is chaos and controversy and conflict,” the former White House staffer added.
“These reports that he is brooding right now, your sources would back that up?” Melvin asked. “This is not a president who’s pleased?”
“Absolutely,” Manigault Newman agreed. “One of the things he hates being accused of is not supporting the military, and what happened [in France] is a clear evidence of just not being surrounded by people who give him good political advice.”
“When he’s made to look like a fool the way the French president made him in the decision to not go honor fallen veterans, this is a clear example of Donald Trump being embarrassed, and as a result you see him sulking, and he’s pouting like a child, and as a result he’s going to continue to lash out and everybody around him will be miserable,” she concluded. “Just the way he likes it.”