Donald Trump has been surprisingly silent since it was revealed last night that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has filed criminal charges in the Trump-Russia scandal, unless you count two weird tweets today about Jimmy Carter and a Broadway play, which appear to have been ghost-written by Trump’s staff. Behind the scenes, however, Trump appears to be at a meeting plotting something with his goons as we speak.
Trump went golfing on Saturday morning at his resort property in Virginia, which is typical his typical weekend routine. But as of Saturday night he’s at his Trump International Hotel property in Washington DC, eating dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, according to the Citizens For Ethics watchdog group (link). This is crucial because Trump’s unofficial advisers and allies hang out at that particular hotel, and any time he’s there, he’s plotting something with them.
There’s no word yet on who else Trump has met with for dinner. But it’s commonplace for folks like Rudy Giuliani or the Pizzagate conspiracist to turn up at the hotel’s restaurant and bar, particularly when Trump just happens to be there himself. In fact Trump only tends to go there when his goons happen to be there. In other words, it’s where Trump goes to hash things out with the kind of people who are too controversial to hold official positions in his administration, but who nonetheless play unofficial – and often underhanded – roles in Trump’s schemes.
So just what is Donald Trump plotting during his nefarious dinner meeting? He could simply be seeking their advice on what to do in response to the criminal charges and arrests that are now in play. They could all be plotting a dishonest propaganda strategy aimed at distracting from the arrests or discrediting those doing the arresting. On the other hand, it’s entirely possible Trump just wants one last meal with his favorite goons before his presidency and life get shattered on Monday.
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