Jack O’Donnell, who “served as the president and chief operating officer of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in the late 1980s and into 1990,” has a message for the world in the wake of damaging revelations about Donald Trump Jr.’s eagerness to work with hostile foreign powers to help his father’s presidential campaign. Quite simply, this is the sort of thing that has always been to be expected when working with the Trumps, and the setup that allowed for Trump Jr.’s meeting at the center of the controversy to take place.
President Trump is a man who values appearances far more than actual substance, and he’s proud of that. He feels as though maintaining a proper public image is key to getting anything done, and it’s this belief that underlines his insistence on commenting on what feels like every single negative mention of his presidential administration in the media.
Concurrent to this, as O’Donnell explains and as the nation has seen time and time again, Trump often puts people in positions where they have absolutely no idea what they are doing. He delegates responsibility to his family and closest associates when the only connection they have to that responsibility is their relationship to Donald Trump.
Indeed, Trump isn’t the only “useful idiot.” They’re all useful idiots. Former Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak is said to have laughed in Jared Kushner’s face after he made the ridiculous suggestion that the Trump team used Russian diplomatic compounds for secure communications with the Kremlin.
O’Donnell cites a hiring decision that the president made some years ago as an example of Trump’s tendencies that left Trump Jr. in a position to seek help from the Russian government in his fight against Hillary Clinton. He says that in the 1990s, Trump was positioned to become the “king” of gambling on the East Coast, but what did he do? He hired his then-wife Ivana and his brother Robert, neither of whom had any knowledge of running casinos, and Trump’s budding casino empire promptly crumbled.
O’Donnell goes on in his just published article in Vox to slam the president for putting his three children and son-in-law in a position where they “suddenly had to become political strategists and experts on governing America.”
He makes a stark conclusion, namely, that “Donald Trump should bear the blame for his son’s mistakes.” As O’Donnell accurately notes:
‘Trump Jr… had no experience in elections. He has no political or government policy experience. And he clearly has no experience in the laws when it comes to meeting with someone connected to a foreign government, one that just happens to be our biggest adversary.’
Trump Jr. is now facing, in the wake of the most recent revelations concerning his apparent efforts to collude with Russian efforts to tip the election, questioning from an array of investigators. He set up a meeting in 2016 between himself, Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner with the expectation of getting dirt from the Russian government on his father’s then-political opponent, Hillary Clinton.
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