Best-selling conservative author Ed Klein told Newsmax TV on Tuesday that President Donald Trump was still struggling with the reality of the commander in chief being "boxed in" by the various entities of the government and the American people.
"I don't think he's come to terms with the fact that a president is boxed in by the Congress, the Senate, the Supreme Court and a lot of other courts, public opinion," Klein told Bill Tucker on "America Talks Live" in an interview.
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"He seems to think that he can do what he did when he went in front of those rallies and just give it to them and that they'll respond positively.
"He's got to get along with all these groups."
Klein's latest book is "Guilty as Sin: Uncovering New Evidence of Corruption and How Hillary Clinton and the Democrats Derailed the FBI Investigation."
He told Tucker about a conversation he had with Trump during the primaries when "everybody was saying to him why don't you act more presidential.
"He said, 'Why should I act any differently than I've been acting because look where it's gotten me?'
"So he, I think, believes that this kind of behavior is a winning behavior," Klein said. "I'm not saying it is."
More broadly, he told Tucker that he did not believe that President Trump could stay on message.
"We see that again and again and again when things are going pretty well," Klein said.
"He's, for instance, got the Justice Department arguing in front of the Supreme Court about his Muslim travel restriction and he then, the president, tweets: 'You know that's a ban and actually what we're doing with the Justice Department doesn't really … it's not good enough and I don't like my attorney general.'
"I mean, he's screwing things up."
Looking to former FBI Director James Comey's Senate testimony on Thursday, Klein said that news organizations are "going to be very disappointed.
"After all, Comey is part of an investigation he himself began into this whole question — and then, he's got [Robert] Mueller, who is above him, who is a special counsel."
Mueller's "talked to and said to Comey, 'You can say this, that and the other thing.'
"There's a lot of stuff that Comey can't talk about because it's classified and which is what everybody's interested in — and that is was there obstruction of justice.
"If Comey says there was, which I don't think he's going to say, then everybody's going to say: 'Mr. Comey, why didn't you do something about it right then and there?'"
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