2/5/17 9:54:22 As President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Eric Trump, is in the midst of a major crisis, he is leading the charge against a major political figure, as his father, Eric Garner, did during the death of Eric Garner in New York City.
Eric Trump has made a point of saying that the death was an accident, and that he did not know his son was in custody at the time, according to his father.
His father, a New York Republican, is now calling for the resignation of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is the only member of the Democratic Party to publicly support his father’s decision to fire Eric Garner.
Trump Jr., in an interview with CNN, said that the mayor should resign over the case, saying he was “not surprised” by his father and that it would have been a different situation if he had known the circumstances of the arrest.
“This is not a normal situation.
The circumstances were very clear, and I don’t think anyone would have believed that Eric Garner would have died if he hadn’t been put in a chokehold,” Eric Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview, adding that he was proud to be a part of a “great” presidency.
The elder Trump has been at the forefront of the fight against the death penalty, and has made an effort to distance himself from the administration’s decision not to bring up the case during his son’s visit to the White House this weekend.
“It’s not the first time that he has been on the wrong side of the issue, and he is always trying to defend his father,” said Kevin Madden, a former White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush.
“And he is trying to make it look like he’s doing the right thing by defending the President.”
The president’s son and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, said in an email that Eric Trump had told him in the last 24 hours that his father had “been given the green light” to discuss the matter and that “the President has been very supportive of his decision.”
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the elder Trump had been on a call with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Vice President Mike Pence, and Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who had been a top Trump campaign surrogate.
The Times reported that Sessions and Flynn were discussing the death sentence and whether the president should commute it.
According to the Times, the elder De Blasio had not been given any direction from Sessions or the other three on the call.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The president also tweeted on Thursday that he had been told that he would not be fired by the attorney general.
“We will win!” the president tweeted.
The Associated Press reported that a source familiar with the discussions said Sessions was “very close” to deciding on whether to commute the sentence.
“The President and Jared are close to deciding what the appropriate steps are to commute this sentence, and we have not made a final decision,” the source told AP.