Trump's Mental Health Questioned by White House Staff, 'Art of the Deal' Writer Says

A former ghostwriter for President Donald Trump claimed White House staffers are worried about the billionaire Republican’s mental state and said Americans need to understand Trump is “losing his grip” on reality.

Tony Schwartz, who helped Trump pen The Art of the Deal, told MSNBC Wednesday that he learned of the staff’s concerns from someone he did not name.

"I know that two different people from the White House, or at least saying they were from the White House...have called somebody I know in the last several weeks to say, 'We are deeply concerned about his mental health,'” Schwartz said.

Known as a vehement critic of the president, Schwartz gave his own reasons for why he believes Trump has devolved recently.

“He is more limited in his vocabulary,” Schwartz said. “He is further from, as I say—this connection to what is factual and real. He is more impulsive. He is more reactive. This is a guy in deep trouble,”

Schwartz’s comments came a day after he chastised Trump on Twitter, claiming the president is “owned” by Russian President Vladimir Putin and expressing hope that special counsel Robert Mueller would “expose” him.

“What keeps my hope alive is the deep, abiding belief that Mueller has got Trump dead to right, including his collusion with Russia. All signs suggest to me that Putin owns Trump, and it's going to come out,” he tweeted.

Trump’s mental state, especially his comments and retweets on Twitter, also drew the ire of chief White House reporter Maggie Haberman of The New York Times.

Following his retweets of videos from a far-right group called Britain First, which many perceived as anti-Islam and anti-Muslim, she told CNN Wednesday that Trump’s recent actions appeared “a little unmoored.” 

"Something is unleashed with him lately," Haberman said. "I don't know what is causing it. I don't know how to describe it."

The president’s mental state has been a hot topic since before he was elected last year and throughout his first 11 months in office, so much so that a California congresswoman, Jackie Spier, has worked with a group of mental health professionals in an attempt to oust Trump under the 25th Amendment, Newsweek reported last month.

The amendment specifically deals with presidential succession and whether the commander in chief is healthy enough to fulfill the office's duties.

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