White House Officials Call Trump’s Refusal to Heed Advice ‘Defiance Disorder’ in New Book

Fox News media critic Howard Kurtz’s “Media Madness” has his own take on chaos in the Trump administration

Last Updated: January 22, 2018 @ 10:29 AM

Donald Trump’s staff is so frustrated by their boss’ persistent impulse to do whatever they beg him not to that they’ve coined their own term for it: “defiance disorder,” according to a new book.

That tidbit is only one of the many revelations promised in another book about the president’s dysfunctional White House.

“Media Madness: Donald Trump, The Press, And The War Over The Truth,” by Fox News media guru Howard Kurtz, is scheduled to hit bookstores on Jan. 29.

Elsewhere in the book, Kurtz talks about former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and his disdain for first daughter Ivanka Trump.

“You love your dad. I get that. But you’re just another staffer who doesn’t know what you’re doing,” said Bannon during another scene described in the book.

Excerpts of the work were obtained and published by the Washington Post on Monday.

An Amazon description of the book teased that in addition to other salacious stories, promising it will answer some of the fundamental questions of Trumpland including: “Why White House strategist Steve Bannon told Trump he is in danger of being impeached,” and “How the love-hate relationship between the president and Morning Joe hosts―Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski―turned entirely to hate.”

Kurtz’ reps over at Fox News did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

While the leaked excerpts suggest the revelations will not be in the same league as Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury,” they no doubt come as an unwelcome addition for a White House eager to move beyond embarrassing stories about its dysfunction.