With Donald Trump’s rambling speeches, narcissistic tendencies, and apparent lack of empathy, speculation on Donald Trump’s psychological state has been an ongoing hobby of both laypeople and medical professionals alike. Now, following a month of chaos and dysfunction in the White House, even Trump’s closest international friends have begun questioning Donald Trump’s psychological makeup.
As reported by NBC News, Russian president Vladimir Putin has ordered staff and key diplomats to assemble a psychological dossier on president Trump. According to former Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Fedorov, NBC’s source for its reporting, “[v]ery serious preparatory work is going on in the Kremlin, including a paper — seven pages — describing a psychological portrait of Trump, especially based on this last two to three months, and the last weeks.”
According to Federov, among the dossier’s preliminary conclusions are findings that Trump is “naïve” and doesn’t understand the power that Putin exerts. Additionally, added Federov, Trump’s constant bickering with the press is a source of concern.
The concerns noted by the Russians align with concerns held by 35 psychiatrists, psychologists and social works who penned a letter to the New York Times last week. The letter states, “[w]e believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president. Mr. Trump’s speech and actions demonstrate an inability to tolerate views different from his own, leading to rage reactions. His words and behavior suggest a profound inability to empathize. Individuals with these traits distort reality to suit their psychological state, attacking facts and those who convey them (journalists, scientists).”
NBC notes that while it is normal for a foreign leader to be briefed on a rival leader, compiling a psychological dossier on a U.S. leader is unusual. This is just the latest reminder that this is not a normal president, and these are not normal times.