Don Jr. and Eric Are 'Miserable' - and Can't Wait for White House Nightmare to End, Friends Say
President Donald Trump’s children are reportedly not enjoying their father’s term in the White House.
According to a new report in People Magazine, friends of the Trump family revealed that the president’s sons, Don Jr. and Eric, are miserable and want the next three years to be over.
Given Trump's obsession with "winning" and refusal to cop to his mistakes, friends took notice when Don Jr. agreed he would have “done things a little differently” in regards to the campaign meeting between higher-ups and Russian contacts.
“He doesn’t like failure and mistakes, and he doesn’t accept them,” one source who has done business with Trump told People. “You have to justify your existence to be in his realm.”
Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner have offices in the West Wing of the White House, because Trump likes to keep his counselers close. For the children now heading up the Trump Organization, the transition to a larger spotlight has been a difficult one.
Most weekends, Don Jr. leaves Manhattan for a cabin in upstate New York with his wife and their five children. He can also be spotted at the Riverside Cafe in Roscoe, New York, where the manager claims the president's son is a "good person."
“He never has his hair slicked back like he does on TV,” the manager said.
The spotlight also appears to be impeding his work.
“Don can’t do any deals because he’ll be overly scrutinized. He just goes to work every day and is miserable,” said one source.
His lack of transparency about the meeting with Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and a former Soviet counterintelligence officer has only brought more scrutiny. Emails ultimately released by Don Jr. paint a picture of a son desperate for “dirt" on his father's political opponent.
He reportedly agreed to meet with the Russian attorney based on the claim she was bringing “high level and sensitive information… part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump” to hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
“That’s an illegal offer and his response (in an email) is ‘I love it’ so that right there is the offer and the acceptance of this criminally prohibited foreign government help,” President Barack Obama’s ethics lawyer Norman Eisen told People.
Frequent Trump critic Richard Painter, who served as George W. Bush’s ethics lawyer, thinks Don Jr.’s actions constitute outright “treason."
“It is betraying your own country in the hands of a foreign adversary,” Painter explained. He went on to say that under the Bush administration, Don Jr. would have been hauled into custody and questioned. “I think there are grounds here on campaign finance violations alone that it is illegal.”
Friends say regardless of what might happen to Don Jr., he will always be loyal to his father.
“The loyalty within this family is insane,” said one family friend. “They would never speak against their dad.”
“You can’t bite the hand that feeds you, but he [Don Jr.] can’t wait for these four years to be over,” the source said.