President Donald Trump’s biographers and former employees aren’t surprised by the chaos in the White House, because that’s what the real estate developer and former reality TV star thrives on.
Trump learned early on that chaos kept his opponents off balance and allowed him to maintain some control, and his return from financial ruin in the early 1990s gave him the belief he could conquer anything by following his instincts, reported Politico.
“He’s spent his life creating and surrounding himself with chaos, so that he can be the one person who can emerge in charge — the winner, the guy on the top,” said Barbara Res, a former vice president for Trump Organization. “It’s a way of slaying his enemies.”
Trump ran his campaign the same way he’d operated as a celebrity businessman, careening from crisis to crisis with no regard for possible consequences.
“Chaos creates drama, and drama gets ink,” former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg told the website. “This is a new kind of presidency. He’s followed the tabloid model, and it got him to where he is, and it’s the model that will be followed until it doesn’t work — and it has worked. He’s sitting in the Oval Office.”
Bruce Nobles, former president of Trump’s ill-fated airline, said Trump ran his presidency the way he ran his businesses.
“I’m not surprised by anything I’m seeing,” said Nobles, who ran Trump Shuttle. “He’s always liked chaos.”
The website asked each of these former confidants about the crises that unfolded to start this week alone — and they all said it lined up with their own experience with the president.
“(He’s) the prince of chaos,” said Trump biographer Gwenda Blair.