There’s more than meets the eye in the new Vanity Fair story about Donald Trump’s lack of exit strategy for his shutdown over not getting his funding for the border wall, which aides fear will be his “personal Alamo.”
Gabriel Sherman’s report points out that inside the West Wing, Donald Trump is telling aides he’s prepared to stake his entire presidency on making a last stand. “He has convinced himself he can’t win re-election in 2020 unless he gets a lot of the wall built. It’s fundamental to his id,” a former West Wing official said. “The problem is, the Democrats know that.”
Robert Mueller’s investigation is ongoing, and Trump insiders, including attorney* Rudy Giuliani, are worried that the Special Counsel’s report could be devastating for Trump, even causing him to strike a deal and resign the Presidency.
“The shutdown has pushed the Russia investigation out of the news cycle. But Trumpworld knows it hasn’t gone away,” writes reporter Gabriel Sherman.
Trumpworld is preparing the worst. “Rudy Giuliani recently told a friend that he expects Mueller’s report to be ‘horrific,’ a person briefed on the conversation said,” the report says (Giuliani did not respond to a request for comment). “You’re already hearing people speculate Trump could do a deal and resign”, the person said.