'The president's pissed off': Trump is reportedly fuming after a former aide tried to cash in
In some ways, President Donald Trump is a pretty easy-going boss. He has never expressed any outrage that his former aide and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI. He never seemed to mind that Flynn was, while working on Trump's 2016 campaign, a covert agent for Turkey. He didn't care that his former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, and deputy campaign chair, Rick Gates, had been secret agents for Ukraine. He doesn't even seem mad that his son, Donald Trump Jr., came right up to the line of violating campaign finance laws by accepting an offer of election help from a foreign government.
But one thing that really seems to have gotten under his skin? The political fundraising of former Deputy Campaign Manager David Bossie.
According to a recent Axios report, Bossie has raised millions supposedly to support Trump's political allies, touting his ties to the president. But it seems the majority of the money wasn't actually going to helping pro-Trump candidates.
A source told Axios:
The problem the president is going to have with this is 1) he does not like when people are perceived to be profiting off of him, and 2) these are not max out donors. This is money that many likely think is going towards the president's re-election effort when it is not. So effectively every dollar groups like Bossie's and similar groups raise is a dollar the campaign does not.
That view has proven correct. After the story broke, the Trump campaign issued a scathing statement:
Inbox: Trump Campaign Statement on Dishonest Fundraising Groups https://t.co/AAj8RlozV1— Zeke Miller (@Zeke Miller) 1557255735.0
CNN reported that Trump was "livid" about the Axios report. "The President's pissed off," one campaign source reportedly told the outlet.
The report added:
Sources told CNN that Trump felt that one of his first political advisers was tricking people, some of them elderly, into thinking they were directly supporting his campaign -- and he was infuriated by the news. The move stirred up campaign officials as well, because that was money they could have raised for Trump's reelection effort.People close to Trump also said he does not like when people are perceived as profiting off their association with him.