From Bolton to Mattis, Trump faces aides turned adversaries

It’s normal to have dissent in the ranks, but the list of Trump advisers turned detractors is striking in its size, the seniority of its members and the vehemence of their critiques — especially for a president known to prize loyalty above all else.

Their proximity to Trump has brought a devastating level of detail and credibility to their appraisals of his tenure. Perhaps the most damaging came last week when Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, released a tell-all memoir — “The Room Where It Happened” — painting a deeply unflattering picture of the president.

While Trump and his allies have disputed Bolton’s account, the book adds to an already difficult time for Trump, dominating news cycles for a full week as public opinion polls indicated his popularity was already sagging over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the wave of protests over the deaths and mistreatment of Black Americans at the hands of police.