Courtesy of Politico:
It was, in the words of one senior White House official, the worst day of Trump’s presidency.
White House officials spent early Tuesday wondering who was leaking details of President Donald Trump’s classified conversations with Russian officials about intelligence shared by the Israelis, and moving to contain the fallout ahead of Trump’s planned trip to Jerusalem next week. They spent the evening facing a report that before he fired FBI director James Comey, Trump directly asked him to stop investigating the Trump campaign’s Russia ties—and worrying what else might yet be revealed.
“Nobody knows where this really goes from here,” the White House official said. “Everyone is walking around saying, ‘What is next?’”
In interviews, multiple White House officials indicated they feel under siege – unsure who in the intelligence community was leaking, how much damaging information was out there, when the next proverbial shoe would drop and what Trump might say.
Well you see that’s what you get when you diss the IC. They’re not going to hold back.
Trump was furious about the story, one of the officials said, but retreated to the White House residence within 75 minutes of it going online – leaving aides to “figure out how bad the fallout was.”
The White House put out a statement denying the accuracy of Comey’s memo. “This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr. Comey,” said the White House statement.
Great leadership there Don the Con…
Earlier in the day, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was given talking points to “try and turn the temperature down a little,” one person familiar with the comments said, “without causing more of a firestorm or making news or actually denying the story.”
But White House officials, one person said, are becoming increasingly leery of putting their names on statements in the immediate aftermath of stories – because Trump often contradicts them publicly or on Twitter.
And staffers have grown tired and upset about stories of a staff shake-up. Two officials said they had no idea if their jobs were in jeopardy – but that Trump has given people private assurances they are safe. That includes Spicer, according to one ally of his—though this person also said the communications staff is given very little say in decisions and then is left to clean them up.
Apparently Spicer looks like death. I’m not surprised.
And now it appears that Putin is trolling Trump.
Surely, Republicans cannot be happy about this. But then I suppose tax cuts for the 1% trumps their patriotism.
And as this tweet states: