This Week on Washington Week: Turmoil inside the White House

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On this week’s Washington Week:  Turmoil inside the White House. 

In the wake of elections that fractured Republicans' one-party control in Washington, President Donald Trump has become irritated and impatient with his staff and is considering a number of changes inside his administration.  He has told advisers he will soon remove Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and is considering replacing White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly. Deputy National Security Advisor Mira Ricardel was relieved of her White House duties this week after First Lady Melania Trump publically called for Ricardel's dismissal.    

The realities of a Democratic-controlled House have President Trump bracing for investigations into his taxes, and business dealings. He also faces opposition from a newly formed group of conservative lawyers called Checks and Balances. 

Special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe continues to loom large over President Trump even with the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General. While Trump's personal legal team has been preparing written answers to questions from Mueller's investigators, Mr. Trump has renewed his attacks on the investigation calling it "a disgrace to our nation."  

 

Robert Costa discusses the turmoil inside the White House with:

 

Vivian Salama of The Wall Street Journal

Jonathan Lemire of The Associated Press

Jonathan Swan of Axios, and

Seung Min Kim of The Washington Post