The Washington Post's deputy editorial page editor Ruth Marcus saw fit to report on Sunday that "in the early months of the administration", Trump was so "furious over leaks from within the White House, senior White House staff members were asked to, and did, sign nondisclosure agreements vowing not to reveal confidential information and exposing them to damages for any violation".
"What's happened is that a lot of these prominent evangelical Christians have gone from making a prudential judgment to being the sword and shield for Donald Trump". John McCain released a statement saying that "an American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections".
The president called Putin Tuesday to congratulate him on his recent re-election, but did not comment on the voting process itself, one widely considered fixed and unfair.
If you're eagerly awaiting juicy tell-alls from Gary Cohn, Hope Hicks, Reince Priebus, or any of the multitude of Trump administration officials who have headed for the exits, don't hold your breath: The president has reportedly required staffers to sign nondisclosure agreements that last, essentially, forever.
Democratic Senator Mark Warner told the hearing it was "clear that 2016 will not be the last attempt" to meddle by Russian Federation, calling Trump out for his failure - once again - to tackle the subject with Putin. The White House said Trump did not raise Russia's meddling in the USA elections or its suspected involvement in the recent poisoning of a former spy in Britain in the call with Putin. White House officials may have to deal with a president who doesn't plan out what he's going to say, but at least they can bet that he doesn't mean what he says either.
"Look, the President has been very clear about the fact that there was no collusion between his campaign and any other entity", Sanders responded.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday defended the President's weekend attacks against special counsel Robert Mueller.
"We're continuing to have those conversation and will continue through. the end of next week", she said.
"This is the way Trump is", the official said. When the official White House readout of the call emerged several hours later, it said Trump congratulated Putin but made no mention of a discussion of a meeting.
The aides had also wanted Trump to raise with Putin the poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter in Britain, but he did not.
He said that during their hoped-for meeting the two men would likely discuss Ukraine, Syria and North Korea.
I am hopeful that the precedents being set in the Trump administration will not be too precedential.