Some of the many leaks from within the Trump administration have reported that Trump went “ballistic” on senior staff members in reaction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from any investigations looking into Russian connections within the Trump 2016 campaign.
The explosive meeting preceded an unexpected change of plans, in which White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon stayed in Washington rather than going to Florida with the president.
White House sources told different media outlets that Trump felt the recusal was an admission of guilt which would embolden his political opponents, with Trump saying he was “tired of everyone thinking his presidency is screwed up.”
One senior White House official told ABC, “We should have had a good week. We should have had a good weekend. But once again, back to Russia.”
Priebus and Bannon were originally scheduled to accompany Trump to his Mar-a-Lago resort, but after Trump’s tantrum, their names were taken off the manifesto at the last minute. One source within the White House said both men volunteered to stay behind, with another source reporting that the president agreed that they should.
Bannon wound up leaving for Florida on Saturday afternoon anyway.
One day after berating his senior staff, Trump accused President Obama of wiretapping his phones during his campaign without providing any evidence for his claim. This claim has only intensified speculation on Trump’s connection with Russia, with some theorizing that if Trump had been tapped, it may have had something to do with a suspected connection to the superpower.
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