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Sources: Trump Gaining Weight, Withdrawing Emotionally

| by Michael Howard

President Donald Trump has become more isolated and distrustful than ever, according to sources within the White House.

Trump was reportedly "in a pretty glum mood" in the days leading up to his first trip abroad as president, and his mood has only worsened since returning to Washington.

CNN reports that Trump is unhappy with his White House counsel, Don McGahn, who has his hands full with an expanding Russia investigation that now includes the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.

Trump's team is frustrated by the fact that former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been appointed special counsel of the investigation. However, the president was warned by members of his staff that firing former FBI Director James Comey when he did would have serious political repercussions.

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"If you had fired him on day one, it would be a whole different atmosphere," one adviser said he told Trump. "Doing it five months in made no sense."

According to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll, 43 percent of voters want Congress to open proceedings to impeach Trump. That's up 5 points from last week.

"If President Trump was hoping his foreign trip would shift the conversation away from scandals, he may be out of luck," Morning Consult Co-Founder Kyle Dropp told Politico. "Over the last week, support for beginning impeachment proceedings among voters rose from 38 percent to 43 percent."

These developments have Trump feeling like he has no allies.

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"He now lives within himself, which is a dangerous place for Donald Trump to be," a source told CNN. "I see him emotionally withdrawing. He's gained weight. He doesn't have anybody whom he trusts."

But there is still optimism among Trump's allies, who say the president is most receptive to advice when he feels down and out.

"He only really listens when he's down in the dumps," an ally said.

The president's outside advisers are hoping that, given how poorly things have gone thus far, he will begin to question the advice of his inner circle.

"Step up and forget the Forever Trumpers," one outsider said he told Trump. "Now you need the best professionals." 

It's always possible that Trump will turn on his closest allies and seek new counsel. According to one source, the idea that Trump is loyal to his friends is a myth.

"Trump is not loyal, except to his family," the source told CNN. "He can be solicitous and ingratiating. But if there's a moment you are not useful, forget it, you're done. No matter what you have done for him."

Sources: CNN, Politico / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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