The billionaire founder of PayPal and one of President Trump’s few supporters from Silicon Valley has been privately talking smack about the White House, according to inside sources who spoke to BuzzFeed.
In private conversations, Peter Thiel has been expressing doubts about Trump’s ability to lead the country, reportedly saying he thinks the Trump administration is “incompetent.”
“There is a 50% chance this whole thing ends in disaster,” Thiel said at a private gathering in January, referring to the Trump presidency.
Your occasional reminder that Peter Thiel, who gave Trump's campaign $1.5 million, has obtained New Zealand citizenship in case of disaster.
— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) August 9, 2017
In a statement to BuzzFeed, Thiel didn’t deny he made the comments, but he reiterated his public support for Trump.
“The night he won the election, I said President Trump would face an awesomely difficult task,” Thiel said. “Today it’s clear that resistance to change in Washington, D.C. has been even fiercer than I anticipated. We still need change. I support President Trump in his ongoing fight to achieve it.”
Thiel donated heavily to the Trump campaign and even took up a position as an adviser on Trump’s transition team.
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