President Donald Trump has burned through White House officials at a record pace -- and he's often gone out of his way to publicly humiliate them on their way out the door.
A new report from The Daily Beast claims that the president is now worried that all of the former officials whom he regularly bashed both publicly and behind the scenes will come back to haunt him as he tries to mount a campaign for reelection in 2020.
In fact, the report claims that Trump is "terrified" that these former officials will try "seeking revenge" on him by spilling dirt on him in a series of tell-all books timed to be released during the height of the 2020 election campaign.
"Those who have worked with Trump say he understands the dangers of having so many disgruntled ex-employees -- including former corporate titans and revered military figures -- speaking out during the re-election," the report claims. "And yet, they also recognize that the president is largely unwilling, or incapable, of doing the main thing to prevent such a situation from happening: not humiliate members of his team before (or in some cases after) their banishment."
White House aides, however, have developed a counter-strategy that has so far worked well for the president -- namely, to lie to his supporters and insist that none of the stories about him are true, even if they're being told by multiple former Trump administration officials.