The Daily 202: Trump dysfunction follows family from the campaign to the White House
Triumphs are congenitally incapable of taking personal responsibility.
“In hindsight, I would probably have done things a little differently,” Donald Trump Jr. told Sean Hannity on Fox News last night.
But do not confuse that with a mea culpa. Because it was not. The president’s namesake rejected his sentence last summer with someone he believed to be an agent of the Russian government as “nothing.”
“Someone sent me an email,” said First Son. “I could not avoid what someone sent me, I read it, I responded, and if there was something interesting there, I think it’s quite common … I would not even have remembered it until I started to go over these things. Literally a waste of 20 minutes, which was a shame. ”
Donald Trump Jr. appeared on Fox News “Hannity” on July 11 to defend the meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign, after she promised him damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
Trump Jr. published on Twitter earlier in the day what he claimed was the entire exchange in which he agreed to take a meeting with a “Russian government lawyer” who could provide damaging information about Hillary Clinton as part of “Russia and its government “Support” for his father’s presidential campaign.
“The e-mail exchange clearly showed that Trump Jr. understood that he was taking the meeting as a way to channel information directly from the government of a nation hostile to the United States to his father’s campaign,” note Rosalind S. Helderman and John Wagner.
“It is the most concrete public evidence to date suggesting that Trump’s top campaign advisers were anxious for Russia’s assistance in the campaign.” Goldstone offered to send the information directly to Trump, who had largely sealed the nomination Republican for president, but said that because the information was “ultra sensitive” she wanted to get in touch with Trump Jr. first.
“This is obviously a very high level and sensitive information, but it is part of Russia and its government support for Mr. Trump,” Goldstone wrote.
“If it’s what you say, I especially love it later in the summer,” Trump Jr. replied enthusiastically.
It seems that he then sent the whole exchange to campaign president Paul Manafort and his brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, who attended the meeting.
– Perhaps the greatest presumption of Mr. Donald’s reason for seeking the presidency was his managerial competence. Many voters assumed that because he is rich and once received a successful reality-television show, Trump could effectively lead an organization.
The more details emerge about how your campaign actually operated behind the scenes – and how paralyzed your White House is now – the clearer it becomes that the president is in shape over his head.
Even more than in normal organizations, the person at the top of any campaign or White House sets the tone that everyone else follows. When the leader plays fast and loose with rules and truth, he creates a problematic culture.
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), Who believes Trump Jr. has to testify before Congress as soon as possible, said yesterday that no one in his 2008 presidential campaign would ever have agreed to hold such a meeting.
“Another shoe falls from the centipede every few days,” the Arizona senator told The Weekly Standard. “I can assure you that the people around me would not be inclined to do that kind of thing, especially not one of my children, because my children … are in the military.You know, they would probably be courtiers….