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Trump’s malignant narcissism is only the start of his terrifying mental problems: psychiatrist

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On Monday, the White House doctor gave the President a clean bill of health. Yet, he didn’t provide a detailed rundown of all the physical and cognitive tests doctors performed to measure his fitness for office.

Raw Story spoke with Dr. David M. Reiss, who’s performed fitness for duty exams. He’s a contributor to The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.” His chapter is on the importance of cognitive capacity in a president. .

Tana Ganeva: The President’s doctor just announced that he’s in “very good health” but did not provide details. Do you think they did due diligence in terms of gauging the president’s mental health?

Dr. David M. Reiss: The formal statement said “11 specialists were involved” but made no mention of which specialties or why. I have a strong hunch psychiatry was not among those specialties, but we have no data by which to make any comment regarding whether or not there was any type of mental health evaluation performed.

Tana Ganeva: From what you’ve observed, do you think President Trump has the mental and emotional fitness for office?

Dr. David M. Reiss: Based upon observed behavior (speeches, statements, press conferences, tweets), IMO, there is sufficient data to say that Trump is NOT emotionally “Fit for Duty” as President.

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That’s just based upon his constant lying and inability to stay reality-oriented. Also that’s based upon his inability to articulate logical, rational and reality-based reasons for his actions and decisions. And that’s not to mention the more complex issue of his obvious malignant narcissism. I’ve performed well over 2000 fitness for duty evaluations on law enforcement/correctional personnel, medical personnel, school personnel. If someone presented in my office with the inabilities that Trump exhibits to think in a logical, reality-based manner, I would definitely withhold them from duty, at least pending further in-depth psychiatric and neurological evaluation and review of their work-performance history.

Tana Ganeva: What made you first wonder about the President’s mental fitness?

Dr. David M. Reiss: Having left NYC 30 years ago and not being a fan of reality TV, I only had passing knowledge of Trump (and no interest in him) prior to his run. Once he came down the escalator, the obvious narcissism “me-me-me” was a concern immediately. His “performance” in the primary debates displayed a very worrisome immaturity, ignorance and disregard for normal decency.

As I became aware of more information about his business history, etc., my concerns increased. The constant lying sealed the deal. Initially, I could not be sure it was not an “act” to some extent – a reincarnation of Andy Kaufmann. I could not be sure that he was the same “behind closed doors” as he portrayed in public. Now, all the evidence suggests that he’s worse behind closed doors.

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Tana Ganeva: What are some recent events and actions by the president that cause you concern?

Dr. David M. Reiss: Not so much any one specific event as much as the continual pattern of lying, the inability to express logical reasons for any of his decisions or respond appropriately to questions or criticisms, the consistent self-centered immaturity, an evident inability to focus on the needs ——practical, political, financial, emotional—of anyone but Donald J. Trump.

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Senate delivers stinging bipartisan rebuke to Trump — and blocks Saudi arms sales

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The Trump White House suffered a stinging defeat on Thursday when a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers voted to block sales of American arms to Saudi Arabia.

The vote in favor of blocking the arms sales received affirmative votes from all Senate Democrats, as well as votes from Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Todd Young (R-IN).

Graham, who is usually one of President Donald Trump's staunchest allies, said he voted for the bill because he believed the United States could not ignore the behavior of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, as well as the Saudi government's killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Panicked GOP leaders scrambling to get Jeff Sessions to run for Senate so they won’t be saddled with Roy Moore

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According to a 2020 election analysis in the Washington Post, top Republican Senate leaders are cringing at the notion that former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore could be their nominee for the seat currently being held by Democrat Sen. Doug Jones -- and are looking for a way out.

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NRA owes $1.6 million in unpaid bills to vendor who runs NRATV

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The National Rifle Association has a hefty bill that remains unpaid, despite making a huge haul in fundraising for the 2016 election.

According to Betsy Woodruff at the Daily Beast, the NRA owes $1.6 million to their vendor, Ackerman McQueen, they've used for advertising for years. The company is the one responsible for doing the media for NRATV, the group's streaming service for pro-gun television.

The two have had a long relationship and err on the side of quiet privacy, which Woodruff said on MSNBC, shows just how acrimonious the battle has become.

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