For President Donald Trump, leaks are maddening and anonymity infuriating. So the release of “A Warning,” the new book by “Anonymous,” an unidentified senior official in the Trump administration who first wrote about the current White House in an opinion article in The New York Times, did not make for a good Friday for the president.
Here are some takeaways about what the book shows, and about what it doesn’t.
— The picture it paints of the president and the White House is bleak but not new.
“The White House, quite simply, is broken,” the author says at one point. At another, the author writes that the president often acts on his impulses, even when he’s been talked out of them, whether it’s in relation to policy matters or possibly dismissing a staff member.
“His cyclical urges can’t be suppressed for long,” the author writes.
His lack of interest in other branches of government is a constant theme.