The New York Times reported on Friday that Donald Trump spent his Thursday afternoon lashing out at his own White House aides for the way the impeachment process has made him look in voters’ eyes.
Trump had shown his frustration on Twitter that same day when he tweeted: “I JUST GOT IMPEACHED FOR MAKING A PERFECT PHONE CALL!”
The Times reports the president later bunkered down with staffers to discuss what to do next.
“The president capped his day with a meeting with several campaign aides, where he grilled them on how voters were receiving impeachment,” the Times reports. “In his conversations with advisers on Thursday, Mr. Trump repeated once again that he could not believe he was facing such a predicament as impeachment. He said he wanted people to be prepared for a motion to dismiss and has hoped for one, even though Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, has said the Senate will have to take up the matter.”
“Mr. Trump, always concerned about optics and how things play, has also expressed reservations about whether his lawyers will be aggressive enough during the televised Senate trial,” the report continues, adding, “Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign, meanwhile, used the events of the day as a fund-raising opportunity, directing voters through targeted digital ads to an ‘official impeachment defense fund,’ which acted as a portal to the campaign’s website. The message delivered from Mr. Trump online was simple: ‘FIGHT BACK.’”
You can read the entire Times report HERE.