Trump Jr.: My Father's Circle of Trust Just Shrank

President must rely on 'much smaller' group after anonymous op-ed
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2018 12:42 PM CDT
Donald Trump Jr., arrives at the White House on April 2, 2018.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – President Trump is relying on a "much smaller" number of White House aides following an anonymous New York Times op-ed, according to his eldest son. "I think there are people in there that he can trust, it's just—it's a much smaller group than I would like it to be," Donald Trump Jr. said in an ABC News interview Tuesday, adding "it would be easier to get things done if you’re able to fully trust everyone around you." That's impossible after a "very low-level person" penned a "disgusting" and "sad" op-ed in an effort to "basically subvert the vote of the American people who elected my father to do this job," said Trump Jr., echoing his father's call for the Justice Department to launch an investigation into the author. Trump Jr. didn't elaborate on his suspicion about the author's rank.

Denying again that he spoke with his father about his June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton, the 40-year-old added he wasn't worried about Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the election because "I've done nothing that anyone else wouldn't do in that position." But Trump Jr.—campaigning for Republicans ahead of the midterms, per Politico—added "there will never be a conclusive end" to the investigation, and said Republican voters will be to blame if the president is impeached by a Democratic-controlled Congress. Some Instagram users disagree, poking fun at a photo of Trump Jr. in the Louisiana bayou. "When you forget to drain the swamp and end up swimming in it," a sample comment reads, per Time.

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