President Donald Trump, upset over leaks to the media, reportedly made his senior staff sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) meant to last beyond his presidency.
The Russian statement forced the hand of the White House, where advisers had disagreed on whether to include Trump's congratulations in the official US account, two people familiar with the conversation said. Other leaks of classified material, including partial transcripts of Trump's calls with foreign leaders, have not garnered specific warnings of termination or criminal action. According to a new report, Trump made White House staffers sign non-disclosure agreements to prevent them from sharing details from their work experience.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters.
White House officials also wrestled with whether or not to include information about Trump's congratulatory message for Putin in a readout of their call. Trump's call of congratulations to Putin drew bruising criticism from members of his own party even before the revelation that he was advised against it.
The White House says discipline and dialogue can co-exist, saying the U.S.is being tough on Russian Federation and the recent sanctions prove that, but the countries can and should continue to have conversations about other things.
Ura says, whatever the decision, for now, President Trump does have the authority to fire Mueller.
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Trump: "I think they should".
Moreover, said the source, this confidentiality pledge would extend not only after an aide's White House service but also beyond the Trump presidency.
Allies, most notably in Britain, were furious about Trump's apparent lack of solidarity after double agent Sergei Skripal was poisoned in a small English town.
Unlike employees of private enterprises such as the Trump Organization or Trump campaign, White House aides have First Amendment rights when it comes to their employer, the federal government. Russian Federation has denied the accusation.
In the wake of the recent firings, speculation has arisen yet again that President Trump is gearing up to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election. Sanders insisted that the administration has scolded Putin at the appropriate times.