Even as it becomes more apparent that President Donald Trump could face serious political and legal troubles, the White House is pursuing a relatively relaxed strategy regarding special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, according to The Washington Post — and Trump is banking on the gullibility of his supporters to see him through.
Facing the dawn of his third year in office and his bid for reelection, Trump is stepping into a political hailstorm. Democrats are preparing to seize control of the House in January with subpoena power to investigate corruption. Global markets are reeling from his trade war. The United States is isolated from its traditional partners. The investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian interference is intensifying. And court filings Friday in a separate federal case implicated Trump in a felony.
The White House is adopting what one official termed a “shrugged shoulders” strategy for the Mueller findings, calculating that most GOP base voters will believe whatever the president tells them to believe.
Speaking with 14 administration officials, presidential confidants and allies, the Post determined that, unlike previous administrations, the Trump White House has foregone any semblance of a “war room” strategy and instead will attempt to wing it.
“A war room? You serious?” one former White House official said when asked about internal preparations. “They’ve never had one, will never have one. They don’t know how to do one.”