Trump's madder than Lear - he doesn't have a Fool
When we see those remarkable pictures of Trump being praised by each member of his cabinet in turn, we are inclined to say that he really mustn't care what anyone thinks of him. That anyone who would indulge himself in such a display, anyone who has moved so far beyond self-parody, must be in a place of utter indifference known only to the blissfully deranged.
And yet we also know that at some level the opposite is true: that he must care - because he spends a lot of his time complaining bitterly about how he is perceived.
It's just that he believes the problem is in the people doing the perceiving.