Advisers say Donald TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE has lately been sullen and erratic in private and easily rattled by perceived slights, according to The New York Times.
A series of flubs led Trump's daughter Ivanka, her husband and a number of confidants to privately meet with him in June and ask him to take his campaign in a new direction, the report said.
But the Trump has shown little change, becoming ensnared in a controversy after controversy.
This past week alone, he called President Obama the "founder" of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and discussed the idea that "Second Amendment folks" stop Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE from naming liberal justices to the Supreme Court.
More than 20 Republicans interviewed by the Times described Trump as exhausted, frustrated, unwilling to accept advice and still confused by some points of the political process.
Trump was reportedly upset that Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit Poll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field Milley says calls to China were 'perfectly within the duties' of his job MORE (R-Fla.) said in his re-election announcement he would stand up to the next president regardless of party.
And he was unhappy with Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) for criticizing him on TV after accepting donations with him in previous years.
Jason Miller, a spokesman for Trump, refuted the claims of those interviewed, telling the Times that Trump is "very motivated" and "very focused."