Donald Trump Jr. is toiling away inside Trump Tower as the backlash from his meeting with Russian lobbyists only continues to grow.
“Don can’t do any deals, because he’ll be overly scrutinized,” a source in the Trump family circle told People. “He just goes to work every day and is miserable.”
The real estate scion’s misery has only gotten worse as news of the previously undisclosed June 9, 2016 meeting with a possibly Kremlin-linked lawyer continues to emerge, People suggested.
Sources told the magazine Trump Jr., 39, and younger brother Eric, 33, aren’t happy that their father is President.
“Eric and Don, they never wanted this,” a friend of the brothers told People.
“You can’t bite the hand that feeds you, but he (Trump Jr.) can’t wait for these four years to be over,” another source in the brothers’ realm added.
Regardless, they’ve been vocal defenders of their father — often appearing on TV to defend his policies as he faces multiple standoffs with congress.
“The loyalty within this family is insane,” the source close to the brothers told People. “They would never speak against their dad.”
Trump Jr., who runs the company with Eric, has taken refuge in hunting and fishing, People reported.
He, his wife and their five children will typically ditch Manhattan on the weekends for a cabin in upstate New York, according to the magazine.
Their sister, Ivanka, 35, has taken an unpaid job as a White House aide to the President — prompting conflict of interest criticism from Trump’s opponents.
Sources familiar with the family said the Presidential patriarch has always demanded a winning culture amongst his kids.
“He doesn’t like failure and mistakes, and he doesn’t accept them,” a source who’s previously worked with the President told People. “You have to justify your existence to be in his realm.”
So friends told people they were caught off guard when Trump Jr. appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” on July 11.
Hours earlier he tweeted an email exchange about the meeting last June, which promised dirt on the Clintons from a “Russian government official.
“In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently,” Trump Jr. told anchor Sean Hannity.
“Those are not words normally heard from a Trump,” a well-connected family source told the magazine.
A Trump Organization spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a request for comment.