"Borderline chaos": Trump administration staffers are scared, are "in survival mode"

The constant leaks are starting to freak out Trump staffers

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published February 15, 2017 2:12PM (EST)

 (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Three weeks into the President Donald Trump administration, staffers in his White House are telling reporters they're scared.

One said that the atmosphere in the White House is "borderline chaos" and that "some staff is in survival mode . . . scared to death," according to a report by Axios. Factors cited as causes for this panic include revelations that President Trump had been warned by former acting attorney general Sally Yates about national security director Michael Flynn's dissembling and did not act on it, the revelation that Flynn had indeed talked with Russia about Obama's economic sanctions, and the overall cascade of leaks that have come from the White House since Trump took office.

Having a boss addicted to Twitter hasn't helped. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the president seemed irked by the intelligence community and the leaks.


By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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