An aide to former President George W. Bush has declared to Republicans that "it's time to panic" about President Donald Trump in the White House.
Michael Gerson issued the warning in an opinion piece for The Washington Post in which he hinted that GOP members should seek Trump's removal through the 25th Amendment.
Gerson pointed to the clash between Trump and Sen. Bob Corker, who stated in a recent interview that the U.S. was at risk of getting into "World War III" under Trump's leadership.
The former Bush aide dismissed House Speaker Paul Ryan's suggestion that "these two gentlemen to sit down and just talk through their issues," according to the Post.
Corker has expressed a number of concerns about Trump as president.
"I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it's a situation of trying to contain him," Corker said.
The senator also alleged that Trump lacks a strategic vision: "A lot of people think that there is some kind of 'good cop, bad cop' act underway, but that's just not true." He went on to attack Trump for tweeting things that "are not true" and behaving "like he's doing 'The Apprentice.'"
Gerson argued in his opinion piece that these are not issues that can be resolved through dialogue between Trump and Corker:
It is no longer possible to safely ignore the leaked cries for help coming from within the administration. They reveal a president raging against enemies, obsessed by slights, deeply uninformed and incurious, unable to focus, and subject to destructive whims. A main task of the chief of staff seems to be to shield him from dinner guests and telephone calls that might set him off on a foolish or dangerous tangent. Much of the White House senior staff seems bound, not by loyalty to the president, but by a duty to protect the nation from the president.
Gerson isn't the only GOP member questioning Trump's presidency.
Ed Rogers, who worked in the Reagan White House and is now a Republican lobbyist, told the New Yorker that the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, one of the main achievements of Trump's first few months in office, "seems like a long time ago."
Rogers continued: "Is the totality of Trump still a net plus? Is it going to be a net plus?"
He also had strong words to describe the situation in the White House: "It's shocking, it's embarrassing," he said. "They're just making it up every day as they go along."
But Rogers avoided saying Trump posed a danger to the country: "Saying the D-word is different than believing there are now stewards of normalcy in [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions, in Tillerson, in Kelly, and others that, I think everybody acknowledges, are protecting institutions from Trump, and protecting Trump from Trump, for that matter," added Rogers.
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