President Donald Trump is losing his cool.
According to multiple people inside the White House, the commander-in chief has been showing a bit of a temper, to put it mildly. Some senior administrators have reportedly been "chewed out," there have been multiple high-level tantrums and tearful staffers have been trying to clear the mess.
The reason for The Donald's unraveling is — in Trump's mind — the incompetency of his senior staff and communications team, who have not managed to make the tumultuous Trump administration look good.
Trump had worked hard for his first joint session speech, and was sure that this epitome of eloquence and coherence on policy matters will dominate news cycles the entire week.
But, we don't always get what we wish for.
On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescued himself from all current and future investigations into the alleged ties between Russia and the Trump campaign when news broke that he had met with Russian ambassador to the U.S. and subsequently failed to disclose this information during his Senate confirmation hearing.
The "crooked media" obviously jumped on this news, and Trump was relegated to the lonely, cold place outside the glow of the spotlight.
Trump believes that his staff "fumbled" and allowed a non-story to dominate news. Sources revealed to CNN that the POTUS believes that owing to the "mini disaster" each week, he has not been getting enough credit for all the work he has done since he was sworn in.
Deprived of regular validation, the exasperated president has also been heard uttering expletives.
“He was pissed,” explained the chief executive of Newsmax. “I haven’t seen him this angry.”
Trump also apparently believes Sessions should not have recused himself.
Jeff Sessions is an honest man. He did not say anything wrong. He could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2017
...intentional. This whole narrative is a way of saving face for Democrats losing an election that everyone thought they were supposed.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2017
...to win. The Democrats are overplaying their hand. They lost the election, and now they have lost their grip on reality. The real story...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2017
...is all of the illegal leaks of classified and other information. It is a total "witch hunt!"— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2017
One person who has been the target of presidential wrath is Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
He expressed his fears to his inner circle at Oval Office, where, according to some reports, Priebus was reprimanded. An anonymous official source, however, claimed there was a lively discussion on immigration executive orders, health care, and Russian developments.
The president is not happy with the state of matters right now, and believes Priebus should stay put and work. An official source disputed this, claiming Priebus was never supposed to join Trump on his visit.
White House chief strategist and the man behind the president's nationalist agenda, Steve Bannon, was also left behind.
First daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who are considered calming influence on the temperamental president, ended up accompanying him to Florida.
Accounts of Trump's temper tantrums just exacerbate the penchant for leaks among White House staff — and go to prove that Trump will blame everyone and everything but himself for mini disasters often of his own making.
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