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Howard Stern: Trump was ‘traumatized’ in childhood and needs therapy

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Radio host Howard Stern told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an interview this week that President Donald Trump experienced a traumatic childhood and probably needed psychotherapy to recover.

Stern has known Trump for decades and frequently interviewed him on his show before he entered politics. In his new book, Howard Stern Comes Again, he details some of his experiences with Trump.

“From what I know of Donald and his relationship with his father, it sounds traumatic. It sounds like the father was very domineering. The father expected a lot of him. And the father, I don’t know, there was military school. You know, you read these drips and drabs and you go wow,” Stern explained.

“I can assure you he’s been traumatized. Because, you know, Donald, you know, his level of narcissism is so strong. He has troubled with empathy. We know that. And I wish he’d go into psychotherapy. I’d be so proud of him if he did, and he would flourish.”

But Stern said there was “no way” that Trump would actually ever attend psychotherapy sessions.

He also told Cooper that he doesn’t believe Trump enjoys being president.

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“I don’t think he likes being president at all. I think he liked winning the presidency. He likes to win. And, again, I’m not Donald Trump’s psychotherapist and I had many good laughs with Donald,” Stern said.

“And in some ways I feel that he has been wronged the way they used my transcripts in a way to frame him. And I’ll give you an example. When he said the line about STDs being his Vietnam, that was a very jokey thing on my show.”

“If you went back and listen to the tape, you would not take that seriously. He was in the spirit of the program. And then he was, you know, they tried to use that against him, ‘Hey, he’s being — how dare he compare himself to a veteran of the Vietnam War who served when he didn’t serve.’ All right, everybody take a deep breath and relax,” Stern added.

“But having said that, the stuff I put in the book I think is very revealing about our now president and there’s something to be learned there.”

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The shooting down last week of a sophisticated US drone by an Iranian missile demonstrates that Tehran's air defence capabilities can pose a challenge to US air superiority, experts say.

The Global Hawk, an advanced US navy surveillance drone, was flying at high altitude -- it can reach 60,000 feet (18 kilometers) -- early Friday local time when it was struck by a ground-to-air missile by Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards.

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"The fact that Iran was able to shoot down the drone demonstrates that they have developed or purchased fairly significant capabilities and are skilled at employing these systems."

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President Donald Trump has been privately talking about withdrawing from the postwar defense treaty with Japan, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Trump is telling confidants the treaty is unfair to the U.S. because it promises to help if Japan was ever attacked, but doesn't require Japan to come to America's defense, the sources told Bloomberg.

So far, the president hasn't taken any step toward pulling out of the treaty, which was signed in 1951, and administration officials insist that move would be highly unlikely.

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Donald Trump recently called “impeachment” a “dirty, filthy, disgusting word,” but his continued stonewalling of legitimate congressional oversight requests are moving more and more House Democrats to embrace that “filthy” concept. That was the very point made by Rep. Ted Lieu of California, a progressive Democrat who sits on the House Judiciary Committee during our recent conversation on “Salon Talks.” That committee would be the starting point for an actual impeachment inquiry of the president.

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