In the week since Trump incited riots at the nation’s Capitol, both the president and his aides have been absent from the airwaves and are turning down interview requests. Trump’s team hasn’t held a surrogates call since last Tuesday. Nor have they issued talking points for allies to operate off of as impeachment articles were introduced and then passed. A formal war room aimed at bolstering Trump’s impeachment defense was never formed. And after he was banned from Twitter, discussion of having the president move to an alternate social media site have been shelved…

Surrounded by an increasingly barebones team of senior aides and stragglers from his 2020 campaign, Trump has shown little interest in trying to spin a narrative about impeachment and is being advised to keep a low profile. Some of the president’s supporters admitted to being relieved by the approach, fearing anything he’d end up saying would only hurt his cause.

“They seem to be in a lockdown mode, which I believe is a wise place to be right now from a media standpoint,” said former Fox News host Eric Bolling, whose recent request to book a Trump interview for his Sinclair Broadcasting show has gone unanswered by the White House…

“I’m not sure anyone over there is a Trump fan anymore,” the official said of the absence of talking points and guidance being issued by the Republican National Committee.