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Presidential Historian: Trump Anger Will 'Blow Up the Presidency'

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By    |   Thursday, 30 Mar 2017 10:43 AM

President Donald Trump's anger and lack of control threaten to disrupt the workings of the administration, according to presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Thursday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"That anger has to be taken out and go somewhere, or it's going to blow up the presidency," Goodwin, the author of "Team of Rivals," said.

She said that if Trump had started his administration focusing on topics popular with both sides such as corporate tax reform, he could have built a baseline of good will from which he could move forward.

"I don't know where he goes from here without that foundation behind him," she said.

Further, Goodwin said he appears to have no overarching plan.

"I don't think he's taken control of the agenda in any way. He's not putting his stamp on either the Cabinet, or the Congress, or the bills that are coming out. A bully pulpit is what he kept talking about during the campaign, but he's lost control of the bully pulpit."

"I don't think people know what he really cares about," she said, adding that the president appears to have no enthusiasm for the workings of politics.

"I can't imagine Donald Trump liking any single minute of what is happening right now."

The author has been critical of the president before. On Monday, she noted the defeat of the American Health Care Act proposal on WBUR's "Here and Now."

"Can the man who campaigned—and we must say, campaigned effectively—and tweeted in the middle of the night things that somehow didn't turn off his supporters during the day, can that man realize that once in office, words matter?"

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President Donald Trump's anger and lack of control threaten to disrupt the workings of the administration, according to presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Thursday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
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