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As fears grow on the US president’s mental health, at least one criticism seems wide of the mark.News just in, the US has got a new president. Some more news: not all of the media seem that keen on him.

It turns out that, according to Huffington Post, which reckons it has inside information on what’s going on in the White House, President Trump likes all reports to be less than one page in length.

It’s funny how you can describe a litany of stupidities, and slip something in that is not so stupid and no one notices it.

There are many differences between President Trump and Winston Churchill. For one thing, in his latter days, Churchill was not blessed in hair department, whereas the US president has a fine mop on his scalp.

Churchill was not known for Tweeting in the wee hours either, but then according to some other news just in, Twitter was not that popular in Churchill’s day. But our Whinny did like reports nice and brief.

According to the Huffington Post, the President has been making calls at 3 am. You can sympathise. You know what it’s like. Your mind starts to wonder at this time: dreams getting mixed up with reality, there isn’t much on the tele.

For the US president, according to the report, he was vexed about the dollar. Did the US need a strong or weak dollar? It turns out that not even the President can find that many people to have natter with at 3 am, so he rang retired Lt General Mike Flynn, who is now the President’s security advisor. Apparently, the no-nonsense, tough-talking, ex-military commander was in no mood for a chat and suggested that the President called one of these experts, you know economists.

The report suggested that the general was so furious that even lodged a complaint.

And then the Huffington Post quoted a former member of the national security council saying that he was worried about the president’s mental health. Well, no doubt we all worry a little but about that one.

After all, according to one psychologist, the President ticks rather a lot of boxes that suggest malignant narcissism.

But then the Huffington Post goes on to say: “The commander in chief doesn’t like to read long memos.” It cited a White House aide who asked to remain anonymous, saying: “So, preferably they must be no more than a single page. They must have bullet points, not more than nine per page.”

But then, another man once said, when discussing the navy “Prey state, on one side of paper, how the Royal navy is being adapted to meet the conditions of modern warfare.”

That was Churchill, who along with Ronald Reagan and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, liked his briefs on one sheet of paper. Okay, he didn’t ask for bullet points, but maybe, just like Twitter, they hadn’t been invented at that time either.

Ringing up generals at 3 am to talk about the dollar: not good.

Worries about his mental health: not good

Wanting documents to be less than one page in length: maybe not so bad.