With the Russia Gate scandal swirling around President Donald Trump like a hurricane following the indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates—as well as the guilty plea of George Papadopoulos—the White House is bracing itself and preparing for future developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion.
Taking steps to mitigate future political damage, the White House legal team has begun to try to insulate President Trump from the apparent treasonous corruption that occurred during his presidential campaign.
White House spokespeople have tried to argue that Trump is not very familiar with Manafort, Gates, or Papadopoulos.
Even more controversially, the White House communications department claimed this morning that President Trump has similarly never met Donald Trump Jr. before.
A White House spokesperson released a statement to the White House press pool this afternoon insisting that Mr. Trump has no clue who Donald Trump Jr. is, and that if the President had ever met Donald Jr., the meeting must have been entirely uneventful and unimportant.
Trump himself took to Twitter to address the rumors that Donald Jr. is very close to him, tweeting:
“The Fake News is back at it again. I don’t know who this ‘Don Jr.’ is and I never met him. The media will ‘lie’ about anything, won’t they? They just can’t get over that I won Wisconsin! If Don Jr. were in my office right now, I wouldn’t be able to pick out who he is!”
The White House’s official website page about Mr. Trump’s biography seems to have erased every mention of Don Jr., and lists Eric, Ivanka, Tiffany and Barron as his only children.