On Thursday, President Donald Trump became the first president in history to skip the swearing-in ceremony of an FBI director he appointed.
The White House had not yet released a statement as to why the president chose to once again break with tradition in this manner. However, David Frum, a conservative columnist at The Atlantic and former speechwriter to President George W. Bush, had a compelling theory.
“Trump seems to have these cycles of hyper-manic and sluggish activity,” Frum said to laughs from his co-panelists. “We hear from him a lot and then he sort of falters.”
“One of the things you can learn what Trump is about is by noting the things he most accuses other people of,” Frum continued. “That he would accuse Jeb Bush, of all people, the energizer bunny, of being low energy, tells me he thinks about energy a lot.”
He went on to say that it’s likely Trump is at the end of one of his “manic” mood swings, which could have resulted in him skipping new FBI Director Chris Wray’s swearing-in.
“It may not be FBI-specific that caused him to miss this event,” Frum concluded. “He may be on the ‘ebb’ cycle of his ebb and flow.”
Watch Frum diagnose the president below, via MSNBC.