10:00 AM 05/12/2018
While President Trump typically doesnt hesitate to use social media to blast his opponents, Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenattis name has been noticeably missing from Trumps Twitter feed.
However, its not that Trump doesnt have an opinion on Avenatti, but rather could be, as the Daily Beast puts it, a strategy of “strategic non-engagement.”
Add that to the fact that Trump reportedly thinks Avenatti is a “loser” unworthy of his time.
The Daily Beast reports:
According to two sources close to the president, Trump has privately branded Avenatti a wannabe bigshot and a “loser.” A White House official noted that Trump has explained his decision to not go after Avenatti publicly because he deems him a “total loser” not worthy of Trumps acknowledgement, whether on Twitter, in public statements, or in response to shouted questions from the White House press corps.
While Trump himself may be silent on Avenatti for that reason, its unclear why more GOP groups arent picking up the slack when it comes to the Stormy Daniels lawyer.
“No one seems to understand why the RNC, America Rising and other GOP groups arent doing even basic political blocking and tackling with Avenatti,” said a GOP operative to The Daily Beast. “Hes essentially gotten a free pass from them.”
Former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer called the entire Stormy Daniels situation a “sideshow,” citing the fact that its “being investigated in the Southern District of New York and not by Mueller.”
“I can see why the Trump White House wants to concentrate its fire where the fire matters most,” said Fleischer. “And thats with Mueller.”