- The Washington Times - Friday, May 24, 2019

Radio personality Howard Stern said in a recent interview that President Trump needs to “go into psychotherapy” for childhood trauma.

“From what I know of Donald and his relationship with his father, it sounds traumatic. It sounds like the father was very domineering. The father expected a lot of him, and the father, I don’t know, there was military school. You know, you read these drips and drabs and you go wow,” he said in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

“I can assure you he’s been traumatized because, you know, Donald, his level of narcissism is so strong. He has trouble with empathy. We know that. And I wish he would go into psychotherapy. I would be so proud of him if he did, and he would flourish,” he said.

But Mr. Stern agreed with Mr. Cooper that “there is no way” the president has received psychological help.

“I do not believe he has been in psychotherapy, because he is demonstrating a lot of the — a lot of the behaviors that I recognize.”

Mr. Stern, who is on a media tour promoting his new book, said he would call the president “Mr. Trump” to make him feel respected and loosen him up.

“Someone had asked me, so why do you call him Mr. Trump? I said, ‘because it loosens him up.’ He feels respected. He feels good about himself. And now, he is going to roll. He is going to open up to me,” he said.

He also said Mr. Trump’s run for president was a “publicity stunt” to get a raise as host for “The Apprentice” and added, “I don’t think he likes being president at all.”

• Bailey Vogt can be reached at bvogt@washingtontimes.com.

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