— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) May 18, 2017
The man who coauthored “Art of the Deal” with Donald Trump ― a book often cited on the campaign trail last year ― said the president will soon look for a way out of all of his administration’s scandals.
“There is no right and wrong for Trump, there’s winning and losing,” Tony Schwartz told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “And right now, he is in pure terror that he is going to lose.”
Schwartz predicted that Trump would ultimately “lose,” but said he won’t go through an impeachment process.
“I surely believe that at some point over the next period of time he’s going to have to figure out a way to resign,” Schwartz said in comments posted online by Mediaite. But in quitting, Trump will try to “figure out a way, as he has done all his career, to turn a loss into a victory so he will declare victory when he leaves.”
Earlier in the segment, above, Schwartz told Cooper that Trump was “in a pretty significant meltdown.” He added:
“I think he’s reacting from a survival place. I think he’s being run by the part of his brain that’s reactive and impulsive, not capable of reflection and I think he’s in pure defensive mode.”
Schwartz, who wrote an op-ed about Trump earlier this week in The Washington Post, also had a warning for some of those closest to the president.
“Evidence of his meltdown is the fact that he’s starting to scream at Jared Kushner,” Schwartz said. “Honestly, I think his kids are next.”
Schwartz said Trump’s sons might be spared for now since they’re not really in the White House picture.
“I can honestly easily see him going after Ivanka if she says the wrong thing right now,” Schwartz said. “I remember very vividly when I was working with him how terrified people would be of going up against him in any way when you could sense that he was feeling I can guarantee you he is feeling right now.”
Last year, Schwartz repeatedly criticized Trump despite having worked with him. He also advised the Hillary Clinton campaign for free.
“This is my penance for having created a man who has become a monster,” he said in September. “I’ve spent 30 years feeling bad about it.”
See the full conversation above.