Tom Schwartz was the ghostwriter of President Donald Trump’s 1987 “memoir” The Art of the Deal, and knows Trump better than almost anyone. Schwartz has considerable insight into what most motivates Donald Trump. Turns out, Trump’s main motivator is ego, followed closely by pride.
Per a piece Schwartz wrote for the Washington Post:
“Three decades ago, I spent nearly a year hanging around Trump to write his first book, “The Art of the Deal,” and got to know him very well. I spent hundreds of hours listening to him, watching him in action and interviewing him about his life. To me, none of what he has said or done over the past four months as president comes as a surprise.
The way he has behaved over the past two weeks — firing FBI Director James B. Comey, undercutting his own aides as they tried to explain the decision, disclosing sensitive information to Russian officials and railing about it all on Twitter — is also entirely predictable.Early on, I recognized that Trump’s sense of self-worth is forever at risk. When he feels aggrieved, he reacts impulsively and defensively, constructing a self-justifying story that doesn’t depend on facts and always directs the blame to others.”
Per a tweet, Schwartz has predicted that Trump will resign relatively soon. The tweet reads, “The circle is closing at blinding speed. Trump is going to resign and declare victory before Mueller and congress leave him no choice.”
Anderson Cooper spoke with Schwartz about Trump and the resignation prediction. He cited Trump’s tone towards North Korea and his response to Charlottesville as reasons he feels that the president will resign. Schwartz thinks, “the snowball is beginning to gather momentum as it comes down the mountain and it reminds me a lot of Watergate and of the last days of Nixon. When the tide turns, it really turns. And that’s what’s happened here.”
Schwartz also said that Donald Trump “has been deceitful and manipulative for fifty years plus… so what’s gonna get uncovered by an investigation that looks into every corner is almost incalculable.”