‘You can see the terror,: Trump,s tough guy posture ahead of looming indictment isn,t fooling these insiders
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As President Donald Trump's legal troubles mount, his tough guy posturing is doing little to hide the fear and uncertainty behind the scenes.
Trump has long presented himself as an invincible “tough guy,” but as Manhattan prosecutors close in on a possible indictment, his bravado is failing to mask the terror among his inner circle.
“You can see the terror,” said one former White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “Nobody knows what's coming, and that's a big part of the problem.”
The possibility of a federal indictment looms large over Trump and his inner circle. Manhattan prosecutors are reportedly investigating the president and his associates over potential financial crimes, including tax evasion and fraud.
The news has sent shockwaves through Trump's inner circle, with many of his closest allies reportedly bracing for the worst.
“It's a very tense situation,” the former White House official said. “Nobody knows what's going to happen, and that's why everyone is so scared.”
Trump himself has attempted to downplay the situation, repeatedly lashing out at the media and the prosecutors. But his tough guy posture is failing to fool those close to him.
“He's trying to act tough, but it's obvious he's scared,” the former White House official said. “He's trying to act like nothing is wrong, but it's clear he's very worried about what might happen.”
The president has also reportedly been trying to rally his allies and supporters, calling them up and asking for their help in fending off the indictment.
But even his most loyal supporters are starting to have doubts. As one Trump ally told the Washington Post: “He's a tough guy, but he's not invincible.”
With the Manhattan prosecutors closing in, Trump's tough guy persona is beginning to crumble. And for many of those close to him, the terror is palpable.