21, December 2017
US President Donald Trump’s son suggests that officials serving at “the highest levels of government” are undermining his father’s efforts to take on the US establishment.
Donald Trump Jr. made the comments among a group of young conservatives in Florida on Tuesday.
“There is, and there are, people at the highest levels of government that don’t want to let America be America.”
Trump’s eldest son made the comments as his father and some of his closest allies were being investigated for alleged collusion with Russia by special counsel Robert Mueller.
“My father talked about a rigged system throughout the campaign, and people were like, ‘Oh, what are you talking about?'” Trump Jr. said. “But it is. And you’re seeing it.”
Earlier this month, Mueller dismissed Peter Strzok from his team after his anti-Trump text messages in 2016 were revealed.
Trump’s son asked the audience to “imagine what would happen if we rolled back the clock to 2008” and a politically compromised group of FBI officials sought to undermine a potential Obama presidency.
“What do you think would happen?” Trump Jr. asked. “Do you think the media would cover that? Yeah. Do you think it would be brushed under the rug like, ‘Oh, it’s nothing. It doesn’t mean anything.’ There’d be revolution in the streets. So I’m glad that this is coming out now, because it is good, because real people have to see this.”
In one exchange in August 2016, Strzok wrote, “There’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”
An investigation has been launched to find out whether the Russian government coordinated with Trump’s aides after the intelligence community’s conclusion that the Kremlin helped with the New York billionaire’s campaign effort ahead of winning the White House, an allegation dismissed both by Moscow and the president.
The president’s son arranged a meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in the summer of 2016 to find damaging information about his father’s contender, Hillary Clinton
Reports emerged in June that Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was also present at that meeting.