White House staffers reveal their behind-his-back nickname for Trump Jr. in the wake of growing contempt for him as fallout over his Russian emails loom over the administration.
Knee-deep in arguably the biggest scandal of the Trump administration so far, news agencies are reporting on a White House enmeshed in chaos.
Calling the situation a “Category 5 Hurricane,” The Washington Post reports that “The White House has been thrust into chaos after days of ever-worsening revelations about a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a lawyer characterized as representing the Russian government, as the president fumes against his enemies and senior aides circle one another with suspicion, according to top White House officials and outside advisers.”
MSNBC reports that: “After Donald Trump Jr. released a string of emails showing he was offered & wanted damaging information from Russia on Hillary Clinton, the White House is reportedly in chaos.”
Even conservative sites like The Right Wing Scoop are reporting that the “White House [is] in CHAOS, panicking to figure out who leaked NYT story…”
Another conservative website, The Weekly Standard, reports that “The Trump administration has forfeited the right to be trusted on Russia,” adding that “Whether the media has unfairly targeted the president and his advisers over their dealings with Russian officials is now beside the point.”
In the midst of all this coverage, a small portion of an article by the Daily Beast stands out.
Reporting that “Trump aides are ‘freaking out’ about Don Jr.’s Russia email,” the Daily Beast reports that:
The series of revelations surrounding Trump Jr.’s communications with Russian officials have damaged his standing within the president’s political inner circle. As The Daily Beast reported on Sunday, opinion of Trump’s eldest son among some of Trump’s senior aides, both past and present, is vanishingly low. Since the campaign, a popular, behind-his-back nickname for Trump Jr. among these advisers has been “Fredo,” referring to Fredo Corleone, the insecure and weak failure of a son in The Godfather series who ends up causing major damage to the family.
Continuing, the Daily Beast adds that:
Over the past week, one senior White House official and a former top Trump campaign aide both independently and bluntly described the president’s son as an “idiot” — one who played a role in the campaign and Trump’s political rise simply because he “shares the same DNA,” the official noted.