The president’s barely sentient son Donald Trump Jr. got some surprise bad news from the Senate Intelligence Committee this week as its Republican Chairman Richard Burr broke ranks to issue a subpoena to the First Son as part of the committee’s investigation in the Russian 2016 election interference.
Unfortunately for little Donny, he may soon find himself abandoned entirely by the administration. As it turns out, the president’s very own Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney isn’t too keen to rush to Jr.’s defense. In fact, in an interview with CBS News, it seemed very much like he was throwing him under the bus to protect President Trump.
Rather than fight tooth and nail for Trump Jr. when asked about the new subpoena, he sidestepped a bit by pointing out that the First Son is just a private citizen and isn’t officially connected to the administration.
“I have no opinion about that because he is a private citizen and not a member of the administration. That being said, the fact that the president’s son got a subpoena from a Republican-led committee — and listen, I’m all for bipartisanship on intel committees… but to subpoena the president of the United States’ son and not at least get a heads-up, I thought was — let’s say bad form,” said Mulvaney.
Mulvaney took things a step further, by stating that Senate Majority Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) comment that the Russia probe “case is closed” doesn’t apply to Trump Jr., which again looks like he’s trying to put some distance between Trump Jr. and the administration in case things spiral out of control for the First Son.
“They’re two different people. They do share the same name and certainly, Don Jr. is the president’s son,” said Mulvaney.
While it’s not yet a total disavowment, it does seem like Mulvaney is hedging his bets. If things really do go south for Donald Trump Jr. and he ends up facing criminal proceedings or even some lesser public relations fiasco, one doubts that President Trump will come to his aid. Trump defends his children yes, but at the end of the day he cares primarily about himself and most likely wouldn’t hesitate to politically sacrifice his offspring if it helped or protected him personally.