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jueves, 15 de marzo de 2018

Media circulating rumors about Trump Jr.’s ‘marital troubles’

Once again, the media is buzzing with rumors about Donald Trump Jr. and his wife. Just last month, we heard sensational reports about so-called “assassination attempts” on the couple that turned out to be empty threats.

Now, the story is that their marriage is on the rocks. A combination of media scrutiny, hunting trips, and Trump Jr.’s Twitter habits are driving a wedge between the couple, according to some anonymous sources.

But another source says their marriage, as is common for marriages, is just going through a rough patch.

DJT and wife headed for divorce?

PageSix published an “exclusive” report alleging that the Trumps’ marriage is in trouble, citing “friends” and other sources “close to” the couple.

“The problems have been there for a long time, the couple had hoped to stay together during the president’s time in office, but it is getting harder to resolve their issues. He’s never there,” the source continued.

According to the report, his love of hunting and frequent traveling for the Trump Organization are causing stress in the marriage.

“Don Jr. has been busy traveling, which has contributed to their problems. Vanessa is a devoted mother, but she is increasingly lonely and alone in the house with the children.”

Depressed Don?

Others speculated about Don Jr.’s mental health, saying his Twitter habits were a cause for concern. Some were worried when he liked a tweet connecting antidepressants to mass murder.

Don Jr. “appears to have changed recently, and friends are concerned about him,” two sources said.

But another source said that he’s always been “bold and aggressive” and that his Twitter persona “hasn’t changed” for the worse.

“Don has always had a bold and aggressive nature on social, there’s no change to his stance on Twitter. His behavior hasn’t changed, there’s nothing irrational about him, he’s always been bold, will say what he thinks and fight back, that’s his personality on Twitter,” the source said.

Media scrutiny too much

Some sources said about Vanessa Trump what many have said about Melania: the media spotlight is just too much for her “low-key” personality.

“Vanessa is by nature is a very low-key person, and she is uncomfortable with the attention her family is getting now the Trumps are on the world stage. She is also worried for her kids, particularly after she received the threatening letter containing the white powder”, a source said.

This is a reasonable speculation, but if we’re going to be cynical, we also have to consider the political costs a divorce would extract from the Trump family.

Powerful but unhappy couples stick together to protect their public image all the time. Even if they are experiencing an emotional disconnect, it would be best for their children and their own careers to work through their problems instead of calling it quits.

With all of the negative media attention, his father already attracts, why would Don Jr. make things worse for his family with a divorce?

A personal matter

These possibilities assume that Vanessa doesn’t initiate divorce proceedings, which could be possible if rumors are accurate. But another source insists that there are no such plans.

“Donald Jr. and Vanessa have been dealing with some issues, but they are not yet at the stage of filing for divorce. They are trying to deal with this privately,” said one source.

“Don is still living at home, is a good dad and is super involved in his kids’ lives. He has always traveled for work, so his current schedule is not something out of the ordinary. He has a busy travel schedule now as he always does.”

The couple is having issues, the source said, but they’re not going to split just yet.

“While they are not legally separated, I cannot deny there are issues, there are a lot of intricate things that go on in a marriage. Don and Vanessa are focused on their family, they are trying to do this quietly and privately, and when they have something to say on the record, they will do so. This has nothing to do with politics, this is a personal matter between two people.”

Some of these speculations, such as those about DJT’s frequent absences and media scrutiny imposing a burden on Vanessa, are believable. Others, like the spurious assessments of DJT’s mental health based on his Twitter likes, are a big reach.

At the end of the day, there are anonymous sources saying that divorce is imminent and another disputing this claim. There’s simply no way to know what’s going on in their private relationship – or more importantly in the minds and hearts of the couple.

In the absence of strong evidence, though, people should err on the side of calling this what it seems: another media smear on the Trump family.