Trump Seeks To Distance Himself From Fraudulent Wall Scheme His Son Endorsed
After former White House adviser Steve Bannon was indicted in a scheme to defraud donors who contributed to a border wall fund, President Trump tried to distance himself from Bannon and the project.
The White House said in a statement: “As everyone knows, President Trump has no involvement in this project and felt it was only being done in order to showboat, and perhaps raise funds.
"President Trump has always felt the Wall must be a government project and that it is far too big and complex to be handled privately.”
But as American Independent noted, the president’s own son, Donald Trump Jr., “had previously praised the ‘We Build the Wall’ campaign.”
- “In a video shot at an event in 2018 and posted Thursday by CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski, the younger Trump praised Brian Kolfage, another of the four men indicted in the alleged scheme, thanking him for his ‘sacrifices doing this,’” the publication reported.
- Trump Jr. also said: “This is private enterprise at its finest. Doing it better, faster, cheaper than anything else. And what you guys are doing is pretty amazing. It started from a grassroots effort and it's doing some wonderful things."
- American Independent also noted that “Trump tried to distance himself from the project, even though the men indicted in the alleged scam are members of his inner circle.”
- Per the report, “Bannon headed Trump's 2016 campaign and served as a senior counselor to Trump during his first eight months in the White House,” and “Kris Kobach, a top Trump supporter who led Trump's failed voter fraud commission, is the group's lawyer and is featured in videos on the crowdfunding group's website.”
- And Erik Prince, who happens to be the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, is on the board. Prince also is “a top Trump supporter mentioned in the Mueller report as part of a scheme to obtain Hillary Clinton's emails.”
- The project was praised by others in Trump’s orbit as well, including “Kimberly Guilfoyle, Trump Jr.'s girlfriend, who works for a Trump-connected super PAC,” and “Corey Lewandowski, Trump's first 2016 campaign manager.”
In a media availability in the Oval Office Thursday, Trump said of Bannon, "I feel very badly. I haven't been dealing with him for a long period of time."