Then this happened, according to Mueller’s report: “The President did not want to talk about it and did not want the details.”
The eventual meeting, according to Trump Jr., was a nothing burger — and ended quickly.
Hicks, to her credit, appears to have understood that. Kushner, for some unknown reason, did not think it was a big story. And Trump just didn’t want to engage.
But it’s more than that — Trump not only wanted to stick his head in the sand because he didn’t like the facts being presented to him, but he also “did not want the details.” The reason for that seems clear: Trump wanted to maintain plausible deniability. He wanted to be able to say, effectively; I don’t know anything about that meeting.
So, he didn’t want anything to do with it — except that he did have a lot to do with it! Put more accurately: Trump didn’t want people — even those who worked closely with him — to know he had something to do with all of the machinations in response to the Trump Tower meeting. But he did in fact, when time came, put himself squarely in the middle of it.
If this makes very little sense to you, then welcome to the party. Trump’s natural inclination when presented with information he doesn’t like or doesn’t want to hear is to bury his head in the sand like an ostrich, or, if you want another image, clap his hands over his ears and sing loudly. And yet, in almost all of these situations, Trump finds his way directly to the center of the very same thing that he insisted he wanted nothing to do with.
Contradiction, thy name is Trump.