Donald Trump’s longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller may not have left the White House due to scandal, but those close to the president worry about the effect his absence will have on him all the same.
According to Axios, people close to Trump are already musing about how it’ll affect his “psyche.”
“Schiller is the ultimate emotional binky for Trump,” New York Times‘ White House correspondent Maggie Haberman, a journalist whose access to the president is unprecedented, tweeted.
Along with reports about the private concerns of the president’s confidantes, Axios also noted that Schiller (who’s worked for Trump since 1999) was much more than a security czar.
“In the early, freewheeling days of this administration,” the report notes, “Trump’s old contacts had a method for getting around the Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus: If they wanted to reach Trump, they’d text Keith, and before too long they’d often receive a call from the president.”
In late June, ABC News reported that the House Intelligence Committee was interested in interviewing Schiller in their Trump-Russia collusion investigation.