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That's my biggest takeaway from reading "Fear," Bob Woodward's new book about the Trump presidency.What's fresh is Trump's repeated, obsessive talk about weakness during his first year in office.Trump (prodded by his Iago-like deputy macho-man, Steve Bannon) keeps insisting that he must stay strong, regardless of how unprincipled it may seem.Trump often expresses a peculiar concern about looking like a baby.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has many faults in Trump's eyes.Rob Porter, Trump's staff secretary, encourages the president to give a conciliatory statement.Bannon shamelessly feeds Trump's weakness fixation. Woodward's book gives Bannon a podium to explain how right he was about nearly everything involving Trump. Bannon comes across in these doubtless tape-recorded soliloquies as Trump's match as a self-promoting egomaniac.What about Trump's ruinous legal problems with special counsel Robert Mueller? They're the fault of Trump's chicken-hearted lawyers, of course.
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