President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., is reportedly unhappy adjusting to the reality of life as a member of the first family. The Trump scion, embroiled in a controversy surrounding a meeting with Russian contacts during the 2016 presidential race, is reportedly depressed by the scrutiny of politics.
On July 18, anonymous Trump family friends alleged that Donald Jr. was not enjoying leading the family business with his father in the White House. The sources asserted that the first son preferred to retire to a cabin in upstate New York to hunt and fish, People reports.
President Trump, against the recommendations of ethics experts, did not divest his business interests into a blind trust, but instead shifted ownership of the Trump Organization to Donald Jr. and his brother, Eric Trump. The two eldest sons oversee their father's trust fund while leading his company, according to Bloomberg.
A Trump family friend reported that Donald Jr. felt he was unable to conduct business under the scrutiny of the American public.
"Don can't do any deals, because he'll be overly scrutinized," the source said. "He just goes to work every day and is miserable."
"Eric and Don, they never wanted this," another source alleged.
Donald Jr. is currently at the center of an investigation into whether his father's campaign had colluded with Russian officials to influence the 2016 presidential election.
On June 9, 2016, Donald Jr. met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower on the promise she could provide damaging information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from the Russian government.
The meeting was also attended by former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, current White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, entertainment publicist Rob Goldstone, Russian lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, Russian businessman Irakly Kaveladze, and Russian translator Anatoli Samochornov, according to The New York Times.
Former White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter of the Bush administration blasted the meeting, asserting that Donald Jr. had broken the law by soliciting campaign opposition research from a foreign adversary.
"It is betraying your country in the hands of a foreign adversary," Painter said. "I think there are grounds here on campaign finance violations alone that it is illegal."
A Trump associate asserted that all of the Trump children felt immense pressure to perform well on the public stage to please their father.
"[Trump] doesn't like failure and mistakes, and he doesn't accept them," the source asserted. "You have to justify your existence to be in his realm."