Trump Associates Face Growing Concern And Frustration Over Donald Jr. Crisis

Fresh off one foreign trip and preparing for another, Donald Trump was enjoying a period of relative calm – until the White House was rocked by a fresh controversy over contacts between the presidents campaign and Russia.

For Trump, who has been swept up all year in crises of his own making, this time the target was his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., whose meeting with a Russian lawyer last year led to accusations that the presidents son entertained working with Russians to spread negative information about Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Among Trumps wide-ranging group of outside advisers and former campaign officials, Donald Jr.s meeting with the lawyer on the expectation of gaining access to negative information on Clinton was seen as problematic, a demonstration of the sons political inexperience, but not illegal.

You cant shrug this off even though you know hes very likely going to be okay, said an outside Trump adviser, who asked to remain unidentified. This is the presidents namesake and you have to circle the wagons in defense of the presidents son.

Theres no question in my mind that every person in the White House has some level of concern about this. Otherwise its malpractice, the adviser said.

Inside the White House, the mood was one of heavy acceptance that another political problem had emerged but also of caution as to its significance for a wider probe into Russias meddling in the election and whether there was collusion with the Trump campaign.

Benumbed by previous crises from the firing of then-FBI Director James Comey to the appointment of a special prosecutor, White House officials showed no signs of panic and said they were trying to advance the presidents agenda.

The new incident erupted as Trump seemingly enjoyed a rare moment of calm. His trip to Warsaw and Hamburg last week went fairly smoothly, although critics accused him of not being tough enough in his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On Wednesday, he is to depart to Paris for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and to participate in flag-waving Bastille Day ceremonies.

Trump himself was described by the White House as frustrated by yet another distraction involving the Russia investigation.

He knows that he didnt do anything and he really wants to focus on the good things that are happening and the things he was elected to do, and he doesnt like it when things get in the way, a senior White House official said.

The president offered a restrained reaction, not resorting to Twitter to launch a tirade against his critics, but issuing a brief statement praising his high-quality person who showed transparency by releasing the email chain with the lawyer on Tuesday.

There was a sense among former campaign advisers that Donald Trump Jr. had shown his political naivete by agreeing to the meeting.

They noted that it took place at a time when Trump had a barebones staff and that his family members, initially reluctant to getting involved in his campaign, were searching to carve out space for themselves.

Besides proving that he was gullible and he got snookered, its still not a smoking gun, said one former campaign adviser.

Among even Republicans, there was dismay at the turn of events.

Conservative author Quin Hillyer wrote in a blog post that Trump should step down for cozying up to Russia. (here)

The American people absolutely cannot trust Trumps objectivity about Russian intentions and Russian actions, Hillyer wrote. This is an utterly untenable situation. For the good of the country, Trump must lance the boil, and resign.

The outside Trump adviser said the Trump Jr. case unfortunately supports the narrative advanced by Trumps Democratic opponents and propagated by what Trump world feels is a left-leaning news media.

Donald Jr. is the nicest of nice guys, genuinely authentic, the adviser said. A lot of us are disappointed that if it had to be somebody, why did it have to be Don Jr.?

More From this publisher : HERE

    Recommended Products

  • IM Video Masters Upgrade LIMITED TIME SPECIAL - Lifetime Access To IM Video Masters Wth Over 30 Training Videos. Full 30 Days Money Back Guarantee. Instant Access.
  • WP Shields Up Unlimited OTO (WPLS) Stealth Plugin Stops Your WP Site Broadcasting Security Loopholes
  • Commission Bullseye Multi Commission Bullseye is a WordPress plugin that lets you place geo targeted content on your blog.  Display Amazon ads for multiple countries, show certain content or ads to targeted locations and more. 
  • MaticPress (Developer License) Are you struggling to create high-quality and rich-content website? With this brand new WP theme, now you can build rich-content website without creating any single of content... Build viral niche sites, drive free traffic, build list, and make money on c