Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks in April in NY. Sessions was the first senator to endorse Trump early in the presidential campaign past year when few Republican lawmakers supported the candidate.
In private, the president's exasperation has been even sharper.
Behind-the-scenes frustration would not be unprecedented in the Oval Office.
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But as long as President Donald Trump has a smartphone, no White House strategy is safe.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders has run the White House press briefing before, but things got awkward when reporter April Ryan asked Sanders where Sean Spicer was. "He was looking to, again, match the demands laid out by the 9th Circuit and, for the goal of expediency, to start looking at the best way possible to move that process forward", she said. But he said it was not clear to him that it was a personal issue as opposed to an institutional one with the office.
See what I'm getting at here? "The lawyer in this case happens to be Jeff Sessions".
Now, Tapper - and every other reporter with a Republican lawmaker who supports Trump on the other end of the microphone - can counter: "Yeah, but, this was an official statement by the White House". 'When I'm needed, I'll step in, ' she said. "It's understandable for a businessman".
On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said on Twitter that it might include Trump's tweets about the ban in their Supreme Court argument.
"That's not true", Conway said.
Conway stressed that he strongly supports Trump - "and, of course, my wonderful wife" - and was making his points because the president's supporters "should not be shy about it". CNN claims unnamed sources said that Sessions and Trump have had "heated exchanges".
Trump told people at the time that he anxious the decision would be seen as an admission of defeat - and has continued to express frustrations with the Justice Department's actions.
And if Spicer just boxed in the White House about how to frame Trump's tweets, well, he just really made life hard for Republicans in Congress. The struggle will come to a head Thursday when fired FBI Director James Comey is due to testify on Capitol Hill.