In an interview with Politico senior staff writer Michael Kruse, former Donald Trump attorney and "fixer" Michael Cohen claimed the president has never found himself buffeted like the problems he is facing now and questioned whether he will hold up mentally as he leaves office,
As Kruse notes, Trump has suffered setbacks in his career before but now he faces a future where a bevy of lawsuits and criminal charges likely await him after January 20th --saying it is probably the worst time in Trump's life since early 1990.
That year, "Trump was mired in a high-profile marital breakup and billions of dollars in debt. That spring, according to Vanity Fair, Trump ordered in burgers and fries and stayed up late in bed, staring at the ceiling. Sometimes, he paged through periodicals looking for his name," Kruse wrote.
Now the president is looking at losing the protections of his office, his family is being investigated by both Manhattan District Attorney General Cyrus Vance Jr. and New York Attorney General Letitia James and he reportedly has over $400 million in debt coming due in the near future.
As Kruse explains, "This is new territory for Trump, who over the course of a lifetime of professional and personal transgressions and failures has assembled a record of remarkable resilience, emerging all but unscathed from every one of his brushes with ruin," with Trump niece -- and psychologist -- Mary Trump telling him, "He's never been in a situation in which he has lost in a way he can't escape from."
Former Trump attorney Cohen, who has an intimate knowledge of Trump's financial dealings before he became president, claims he doesn't see the president holding up under the stress.
In an interview with Kruse, Cohen stated, "His fragile ego has never been tested to this extent. As each day ends, Trump knows he's one day closer to legal and financial troubles. Accordingly, we will all see his behavior deteriorate until it progresses into a full mental breakdown."
Yale forensic psychiatrist Bandy Lee concurred by explaining, "We're at a stage now where his detachment from reality is pretty much complete and his symptoms are as severe as can be," adding the president is currently like "a car without functioning brakes" that "always crashes."
You can read more analysis from Kruse here.