Donald Trump’s public statements took an increasingly frustrated and paranoid tone on Wednesday in response to news that the Mueller investigation had penetrated his inner circle and interviewed Jared Kushner about ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign.
In a series of unhinged tweets promoting the views of UK-based hate group Britain First, the US president demonstrated that he sees no value in international diplomacy, and will use any actors, no matter how grotesque their views, to rally his base.
When called out by British Prime Minister Theresa May for his promotion of Britain First’s anti-Muslim videos, one of which has already been debunked as pushing an entirely false narrative, he lashed out and told her to “focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom”.
His actions show a man that sees the noose tightening around his administration and frustrated that, despite being president, he does not have the power to stop those close to him being compelled to provide evidence in Mueller’s investigation into possibly illegal activity by lading figures in his 2016 presidential campaign.
Last week, it became clear that Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who many see as the key to the Trump-Russia scandal, has started to distance himself from the president and may have started to cooperate with the investigation and provide evidence against his former boss and colleagues.
Following this revelation, on Tuesday Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was questioned by investigators from Mueller’s team, and it appears that this could be the cause of Trump’s public outburst. Trump is becoming increasingly nervous that those around him have started to turn against him in attempts to avoid the fate of the three Trump campaign officials who were charged with criminal activity in October.