Advisers and allies who have called Trump to check in or wish him a merry Christmas have been encouraged to go on TV and fight for him amid complaints that others are not doing so, according to a person who spoke to the president Monday.
Two aides said they are struggling to get Trump to focus on anything other than the election — even perfunctory executive orders or mundane tasks.
People around Trump are continuing to fight over whether to grant a security clearance to Sidney Powell, a conspiracy theorist lawyer who was disavowed by the president’s own campaign amid its legal challenges, according to a person familiar with the internal fracas.
His former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, is telling Trump that Powell is to be trusted, while Cipollone is furiously pushing back and even conservative cable TV host Lou Dobbs has raised questions about Powell’s claims to others.
Trump is “intrigued” by Powell’s theories, the person said, although others around him are telling him that “it’s crazy and she has no idea what she’s talking about.”