In recent months, Trump has been consumed by mounting investigations that have already taken down his campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, and his family’s foundation.
According to the Times, the president often vents to his aides about his predicament, uncertain why things have played out the way they have. “Look what I did for Mexico and Canada,” he reportedly told allies, disgruntled at his lack of recognition. “Look what’s happened with terrorism.”
In January, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will take over the speaker position, enabling House Democrats the opportunity to investigate Trump. All the while, the results of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign is still looming.
“Nothing he’s going to face in the next two years is going to be like the challenges of the previous two years,” Michael Steel, a longtime adviser to Representative Paul D. Ryan and former Speaker John A. Boehner, said, according to the Times. “Given the staff turnover and the increasing feeling that the president is encircled or cornered by legal and political enemies, it’s entirely possible it gets worse, not better.”