President Donald Trump called his son Donald Trump Jr. a “f-ckup” upon learning that Junior had posted emails between himself and British publicist Rob Goldstone relating to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, Omarosa Manigault-Newman is claiming in her book, Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.
“He is such a f–kup,” Newman claims Trump said of his son. “He screwed up again, but this time, he’s screwing us all, big-time!”
The Trump Tower meeting was set up by Junior after Goldstone informed him that a Russian operative wanted to share dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Goldstone wrote to Junior that the Russians were offering “official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”
“If it’s what you say, I love it,” Junior replied in an email.
Junior shared the email chain on Twitter in July of last year.
Here's my statement and the full email chain pic.twitter.com/x050r5n5LQ
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 11, 2017
The Russian source, a lawyer named Natalia Veselnitskaya, has ties to the Kremlin and was in attendance, along with Junior, Jared Kushner, and Trump’s beleaguered campaign chair at the time, Paul Manafort.
Though Trump and his cohorts initially said the meeting, which was arranged by his “wonderful son,” was about “adoption,” the president last week admitted on Twitter that the meeting was “to get information on an opponent.”
Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2018
Despite this tacit confession, Trump maintains there was “no collusion” between his campaign and the Russians. Junior has also brushed off criticism of the meeting because nothing came of it.
The meeting is of particular interest to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether the Trump campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Russia to sway the 2016 election and if Trump obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey, which led to Mueller’s appointment.