Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mother Jones -- The White House Is Not a Good Place To Be Right Now

From the Washington Post:

The president fumes and White House aides circle each other with suspicion amid fallout from Trump Jr. meeting with Russian lawyer

President Trump — who has been hidden from public view since returning last weekend from a divisive international summit — is enraged that the Russia cloud still hangs over his presidency and is exasperated that his oldest son and namesake has been engulfed by it, said people who have spoken with him this week.

Even supporters of Trump Jr. who believe he faces no legal repercussions privately acknowledge that the story is a public relations disaster — for him as well as for the White House. One outside ally called it a “Category 5 hurricane,” while an outside adviser said a CNN graphic charting connections between the Trump team and Russians resembled the plot of the fictional Netflix series “House of Cards.”

This portrait of the Trump White House under siege is based on interviews Tuesday with more than a dozen West Wing officials, outside advisers and friends and associates of the president and his family, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to be candid.

By Kevin Drum