President Donald Trump is considering making some major changes to his White House team as the Russia story continues to dominate the news and poses a threat to his presidency, according to a new report.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump has spent much of his free time on his current overseas trip strategizing how best to deal with the Russia investigation when he returns to Washington. He has meetings scheduled for next week that will begin to address the issue.
Citing several officials within the administration, the Journal reports that options include changing up the communications team, meeting with outside lawyers to put together a legal response to the Russia claims, holding fewer White House press conferences, and even vetting Trump's tweets before he posts them.
"Everything is in play," a Trump adviser told the Journal.
Trump has come under fire for months amid allegations that his campaign colluded with the Russians to help get him elected. More recently, his decision to fire FBI director James Comey and then meet with two Russian officials in the Oval Office the next day raised even more eyebrows. Critics accused Trump of trying to squash the Russia investigation by sacking Comey.
"He's 100 percent focused on this," a White House official told the Journal.
There have also been rumors that Trump may bring back two of his former campaign officials, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, to help manage crisis communications.
Regarding the White House press briefings, the Journal also reports that communications director Sean Spicer may be relieved of his briefing duties and replaced with his deputy Sarah Sanders.
It's worth noting that Spicer is a Catholic and had reportedly been looking forward to meeting Pope Francis during Trump's visit to Vatican City this week. Spicer was ultimately left off the administration's delegation that spent time with the Pontiff.
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