It has long been suspected by President Donald Trump’s supporters that he has few, if any, truly close friends and dedicated allies in Washington, D.C., and it appears that the his eldest son, Don Jr., just confirmed the basis for that fear in an interview with CBS to promote his new book Triggered.
During Trump, Jr.’s appearance Tuesday on CBS This Morning, he was asked by co-host Gayle King about whom, of those surrounding him in the White House, his father “respects and trusts the most?”
Trump, Jr. unhesitatingly pointed first to his sister Ivanka and brother-in-law Jared Kushner and said they “are doing an amazing job. I think they’re getting things done.”
“And I think, you know, there are very few people that he can fully trust,” he revealed. “Now there are people doing great jobs. I think Mike Pompeo’s doing a great job. I think a lot of his Cabinet’s doing a very good job.”
Asked about President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who has come under fire for his purported role in the contrived controversy over Ukraine that has sparked an impeachment inquiry, Trump, Jr. replied, “I think in his role, he’s outside of government that way. But in his role, I think he’s doing a good job.”
Pressed on the “problems” Giuliani appeared to be creating for the president, Trump, Jr. noted, “Again, I think it’s different in that my father’s a fighter, right? And so is Rudy.”
“And I think the reality is this: My father has shown Republicans it’s okay to fight back,” he said, shifting the subject. “We’ve turned the other cheek as conservatives for 50 years. And all it’s done is allowed us to cede ground.”
“We have to fight back the same way the Democrats fight. And I think my father does that, and I think that creates a lot of controversy because people aren’t used to it,” Trump, Jr. added.
As noted, the president’s son seemed to acknowledge the truth of what many have assumed since President Trump first took office — that he is all but alone in the White House with few true allies on whom he can rely.
To be sure, there are some individuals within his Cabinet and in Congress who stand out and appear to have the president’s back, and their assistance and potential sacrifice on behalf of the president and his agenda is duly noted and appreciated.
That said, it is rarely ever clear if those few professed allies are wholly devoted to the cause or are merely serving their own concurrent purposes, and there always remains the possibility that they could abandon the president if circumstances arose that rendered a continued alliance untenable.
Sadly, this is to be expected and is perhaps even unavoidable when an outsider steps into the D.C. swamp and begins to make good on his vow to shake things up. Hopefully, however, as the president continues to keep his promises and the swamp is drained, the situation will improve, and Trump will eventually find himself surrounded by actual friends and allies who aren’t simply using him to advance their own interests.