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Updated | President Donald Trump is so angry about the FBI’s raid on his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, that he is spending much of time brooding, eating or just watching TV.
The president has openly expressed his frustration with the Monday raid on Cohen. “Attorney–client privilege is dead! ” he tweeted on Tuesday, following up with another message that simply read: “A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!! ” in a repeat of the language the president has previously used to describe the ongoing probe into possible connections between Russia's interference in the 2016 campaign and the Trump team.
Attorney–client privilege is dead!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 10, 2018
Several people close to the president told The New York Timesthat Trump had what they described as a “meltdown” over the raid, which was related to Cohen making a $130,000 hush payment to the porn star Stormy Daniels. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, allegedly had an affair with the president around the time his youngest son, Barron Trump, was born.
Prior to the raid, which renewed concerns over whether Trump would attempt to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the president was reportedly in a bad mood—spending the weekend doing little other than dining at the Trump International Hotel, watching Fox News and bemoaning his lack of support. Two people familiar with the situation told The Times the president had watched a Fox News piece about the so-called “deep state” working to bring him down, pushing him further into a bad mood.
After he viewed the program, Trump told advisers he wanted to get rid of officials in the Department of Justice who were working against him, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
This isn't the first time the president's eating and TV viewing habits have made the news. His behavior in the White House has been closely watched by both those working for him and casual political observers. Former Trump campaign manager Cory Lewandowki wrote a book last year, Let Trump Be Trump, that detailed the president's preference for eating McDonalds sandwiches, drinking soda and ordering well-done steaks with ketchup.
Meanwhile, the president's associates told The New York Times in December that he can watch as many as eight hours of television at a time. His favorite program is reportedly Fox News's "Fox & Friends."
This article has been updated to reflect the nature of the FBI raid.
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