The American president of the United States has no true ghost to wake him before the sun rises, according to an extraordinary book released on Monday. According to the new blockbuster penned by James Comey — the ousted FBI director who Trump dismissed in the middle of the 2016 presidential campaign — only a “small coterie” of aides, family members and friends will be allowed into the White House.
Given his historically low popularity, that apparently puts Mr. Trump at a huge advantage. But one version of how the president will let go of his calling-card will also be unprecedented.
In June 2017, President Donald Trump told Time magazine that he does not care about news coverage of himself, and claimed that, “I don’t read, I don’t watch television.” The truth is he does watch television, even in the midst of an intense campaign. A CNN analysis shows that President Trump appears on nightly news shows more often than any other presidential candidate in recent history — in fact, twice as often as his chief rival, Hillary Clinton.
Still, the president maintains a fealty to his own brand, which generally calls for reality TV-style access, not unstructured downtime. “I don’t really mind the headlines or anything else,” Trump said in an interview with Bloomberg in January, “But the whining seems to be out of control.”
So it’s a good thing that he doesn’t have to deal with Time’s critics.