"He’s better than this," says Trump's longtime friend

Barrack speaks with reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

Billionaire Thomas Barrack, a longtime friend of President Trump and the man who convinced Trump to hire Paul Manafort, told the Washington Post he's been "shocked" by some of the president's inflammatory tweets. "In my opinion, he's better than this," Barrack said.

The bottom line: Barrack said Trump is hurt by having too many "yes men" around him. "[H]e is very good at being told he is wrong ... People don't have the courage to do it. He pushes back hard, but the people he respects the most are the people who have the most refined and not wimpy point of view," he said.