After 15 years of being intimately involved in Donald Trump’s life, his former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen knows quite a bit about the president’s relationship with his family. Disloyal: A Memoir, the title of his new book released Tuesday reaches down through the family history for this find.
The president calls Cohen a lying a “disgraced felon and disbarred lawyer” after the attorney reaches a point of no return. That occurred when he refused to lie before Congress about POTUS’ Russia connections, an affair with an adult entertainer, and the hush money.
Cohen went to federal prison for his part in this dark play, although he is out due to the coronavirus pandemic and tied to his home by an ankle monitor. Trump has thus far remained unscathed.
The points about the president’s adoration of Russian President Vladimir Putin, his “brutal treatment of women,” and his incessant lying are all interesting, according to The Guardian.
The author’s biggest worry is that his former boss would do anything to win the election, including “manipulate the ballots” (apparently in progress) and “start a war.”
But Cohen also speaks about the three eldest Trump children turned adults. Homelife is no less explosive at the Trumps’ houses. As a top surrogate on the campaign trail, his father still might throw Donald Trump Jr. under the bus in a hot minute to save himself.
Cohen talked about the father going after Don Jr. over his trophy hunting. The two elder brothers both enjoy hunting these wild and sometimes endangered species. That has brought the president much-unwanted anger from the conservationists.
One time, POTUS screamed at his oldest son and namesake:
‘What the fuck is wrong with you? You think you’re a big man sitting on the rocks and then boom! You kill some fucking animal? Then you drag your brother into this bullshit? Why the fuck would you post photos like that? Get the fuck out of my office.’
His son turned and silently walked away:
‘[He] left without a word, head downcast.”
First Lady Melania Trump’s former friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff just released a book covering this dynamic, too. The president’s wife lobbied Trump to change his position on “reversing an Obama-era ban on importing big game trophies.”
‘The truth was that all three kids were starved for their father’s love … abandoned by their egomaniacal dad and humiliated when he openly cheated on their mother, and now all three are forever trapped in a cycle of seeking his attention.’
The former attorney compares the son to his father. The son divorced the mother of his five children and is considering a presidential run in 2024. The author says he “more and more resembles his father.”
NBC News’ Lester Holt interviewed Cohen when the former fixer called the president a “cult leader.” The One Green Planet discussed the eldest son’s hunting, too:
‘Imagine what you would do if you had $77,000? That is the amount of money that American taxpayers paid for secret service protection for Donald Trump Jr. during his trophy hunting trip to kill a rare argali sheep in Mongolia. The recent revelation of this expense comes from the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington which dug into his controversial trip last year after ProPublica broke the story of the trip in December 2019.’
Here are some of Jr.’s kills:
- 2012, in Zimbabwe photos of Trump Jr. “holding the tail of an elephant and a knife” over the dead animal. Other kills included: “[A] kudu, civet cat, waterbuck, and crocodile. “
- 2017, he “ditched the protections of the Secret Service,” went to Yukon, and killed a moose.
- 2018, Two Iberian ibex in Spain.
- 2019, he auctioned off a trip for a group whose ‘social media page is filled with trophy hunters gloating over slain animals, including cougars, wolves, and bears.”
- February 2020 at SCI’s annual convention’s Don Jr. headlined the even with a “common goal to mow down the world’s rarest and most beloved wildlife:”
‘[T]wo winning bidders paid $340,000 to join him for what was promoted as a “dream hunt on a luxury yacht in Alaska to kill back-tailed deer and sea ducks.’
- February 2020, a grizzly bear in Alaska.
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