There’s one outlier who could derail attempts to regulate President Donald Trump’s media diet and his name is Donald Trump, Jr.
That was the assertion of an anonymous source close to the Trump administration who was cited in a BuzzFeed News report on Thursday evening.
Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, is set on regulating the types of news stories the president consumes, Politico first reported earlier Thursday. It’s part of Kelly’s effort to whip into shape what has largely been an unruly White House, and an undisciplined West Wing, where sometimes-unvetted information from questionable sources has reached Trump’s desk.
Regulating the flow of information is a gargantuan task, considering Trump has a documented history of side-stepping advisers and going his own way, The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman wrote on Thursday.
While speaking to BuzzFeed about the effort, the unnamed source close to the administration said “Don Jr is a huge problem,” suggesting the president’s eldest son is still capable of getting information into the Oval Office.
“He needs to be a galaxy away from that place,” the source said.
Trump Jr. has praised some conspiracy theorists in the past, and has echoed his father’s criticisms of stalwart news outlets like The New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN, who he believes are biased against Trump.
Trump Jr. has been mired in scandal in recent months, following revelations that he — along with Jared Kushner, former campaign manager Paul Manafort and several others — met with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer in June 2016 on the belief that they would receive information that was damaging to Hillary Clinton.
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.