Donald Trump Jr. says there are few people working in the White House that his father can rely on after an anonymous opinion piece in the New York Times that describes a movement of "resistance" and Bob Woodward's book "Fear", which paints an administration in chaos.
He says the intrigue of that and Woodward's book have made it difficult for President Donald Trump to work in the west wing.
"I think there are people there that you can trust, it's just that it's a much smaller group than I would like it to be," he told ABC News in an interview that aired on Tuesday on "Good Morning America."
Donald Trump Jr. says there are few people working in the White House that his father can trust
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The first son refused to say who trusts the west wing, but suggested that the family members who work in the administration are still part of the inner circle.
President Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are advisers to the White House.
& # 39; I'm talking outside the family. That's obvious, "said Trump Jr.
He also indicated that life in the White House has become more difficult as staff deal with the consequences of the opinion piece, which describes a ghost government working to thwart the president, and Woodward's book, which details the work of the staff to prevent President Trump. from the implementation of policies that can harm the country, even withdrawing letters from your desk in the Oval Office so you can not sign them.
"It would be easier to do things if you are able to fully trust all those around you," said Trump Jr. "I think it's a shame."
He also had strong words from the "high official of the Trump administration" who wrote the essay in The Times, published last week.
He criticized the anonymous writer as "sad" and "disgusting".
And he is asking the Justice Department to investigate who wrote the piece, saying that the author, who described the actions of the staff to thwart President Trump's agenda in an effort to control his "most wrong impulses," is subverting the will of the people. American, who chose his father
"It's pretty unpleasant, that's pretty sad, maybe it's a discontented person who gets kicked out," he said of the author.
"This is a very low-level person who will cast his name in an opinion piece and basically subvert the vote of the Americans who chose my father to do this job," said Trump Jr.
Listen, I think you're subverting the will of the people. I mean, to try to control the presidency, but not the president. You have millions and millions of Americans who voted for this, "he added.
Trump Jr. spoke with ABC News about many of the issues that plague his father's White House.
Several administration officials have appeared on television screens to counter the images of chaos that arose from the anonymous opinion article in the New York Times that revealed a "resistance" movement in the White House and extracts from Bob Woodward's book. . & # 39; Fear. & # 39;
Vice President Mike Pence participated in the morning public affairs programs on Sunday, as did Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor, and press secretary Sarah Sanders appeared on morning programs last week in addition to the Trump Jr. interview.
Trump Jr. is also predicting that his father can break electoral history and prevent Congress from changing parties in the November elections, if his followers & # 39; Make America Great Again & # 39; will come out this fall.
& # 39; Our people, the MAGA people, have to leave. They have to go out and vote. And I think we can break the story, "he told ABC News in an interview that aired on Tuesday on" Good Morning America. "
Trump Jr. was addressing the historical trend that shows that the president's party often loses control of Capitol Hill in the midterm contest after the election of the president. Independent political forecasters have given Democrats great opportunities to regain control of the House of Representatives in November.
The son of President Donald Trump took a positive turn in that possibility, saying that if that happens, it will be because people are so happy with their father's presidency that they will not bother to go out and vote.
"I think historically speaking, that would be what happens," said Trump Jr. "You know, people become complacent. Our side is receiving all the things they want because my father keeps all the promises he made. But that's what they said, and that's the historical thing. "
He noted that Democrats will probably try to remove his father if they gain control of the House and said it will be the fault of Republican voters who did not come to vote.
President Barack Obama attacked President Donald Trump in a speech in Chicago on Friday
Represented in a Joint Fundraising Committee in Fargo, North Dakota on Friday, Trump said his predecessor has been "trying to take credit for this incredible thing that is happening to our country."
Trump Jr., who is part of the special lawyer Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, said he is not worried about his possible legal exposure.
I'm not because I know what I did and I'm not worried, Trump Jr. said.
He again denied having spoken to his father about his Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer who promised to be dirty with Hillary Clinton and said he had "testified that ad nauseum".
"That does not mean they do not try to do something," he said, referring to the researchers, adding, "I mean, we've seen that happen with everything."
He said: "I understand that they are trying to get my father, and they will do everything possible to get it."
Trump Jr. acknowledged that the investigation has been difficult for him personally.
"Obviously it has been very hard," he said. "For a while, this has been very difficult."
"At the same time, I think I can compartmentalize it," he added. "And in the end I know what I've done, and I'm not worried about that at all, because you know, I have not done anything that anyone else would not do in that position, in my opinion."
In August, President Trump denied being concerned about the infamous meeting of Trump Tower, claiming it was "totally legal and done all the time in politics" and confirming that it was carried out so that Clinton would fall in the campaign.
That contradicts the original explanation about the June 2016 meeting, held during the heart of the presidential campaign, that it was about American adoptions of Russian children.
The White House of President Trump is countering the consequences of the anonymous New York Times editorial and Bob Woodward's book
Donald Trump Jr. said the Russian investigation has been "very harsh" and added: "For a while, this has been very difficult."
President Trump tweeted that the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016, attended by Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and then campaign manager Paul Manafort, was a meeting to obtain information about an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics. He did not go anywhere. & # 39;
The explanations for the Trump Tower meeting, which has become a focal point of Mueller's research on Russia's role in the 2016 elections, have varied and the president's tweet seems to have offered another one.
Inevitably it will lead to more questions about what the president knew and when he knew it. And why Donald Trump Jr's original statement about the meeting said it was about Russian adoptions.
The president's son has become a popular figure in the election campaign and a strong fundraiser for the party.
Despite his enthusiasm for politics, Trump Jr. said he had not thought about running for office.
"I think the most important thing at this moment is to make sure, again, get out, fight for the House, fight for the Senate, make sure that people know, you know, Donald Trump and the successful policies." that has promulgated, that the policies that are making the United States win at this moment, are on the ticket in 2018. "
He also criticized former President Barack Obama, who recently criticized President Trump for taking credit for a strong economy.
Trump Jr. said Obama's comments were "literally the stupidest thing I've ever heard."
Obama launched a scathing attack on his successor's presidency on Friday, including a blow to the president's claim for the credit of a strong economy.
Obama noted that the economy was on the rise when he left office.
"When I left office, the family income was close to its historical maximum, and the rate of uninsured people reached an all-time low, poverty rates were falling." I mention this just as you hear how good the economy is at this time, remember when this recovery began, "he said.
"I'm glad it's continued, but when they hear about this economic miracle that's been happening, when the work numbers come out, the monthly work numbers and suddenly the Republicans say it's a miracle, I have to remind them, actually, those work numbers are the same as in 2015 and 2016, "he added.
President Trump also responded to Obama through Twitter.
"President Trump would need a magic wand to reach 4% of GDP," declared President Obama. I guess I have a magic wand, 4.2%, and we will do MUCH better than this! We just started, "he wrote.
Trump was probably referring to a comment Obama made in June 2016, during the presidential campaign, when he spoke of the promise of then-candidate Trump to bring jobs to the United States.
– Well, how exactly are you going to do that? What exactly are you going to do? There is no response, "Obama said.
"Just say," Well, I'm going to negotiate a better deal. "Well, what, exactly how are you going to negotiate that? What magic wand do you have? And usually the answer is that you do not have an answer," he said. Obama at that time.
The results-oriented Trump often touts strong economic figures as proof that its presidency is delivering on its promises.