President Donald Trump lashed out at his senior staff on March 2 regarding the situation with Attorney General Jeff Sessions (video below).
Anonymous sources inside the White House and outside the administration say Trump is frustrated and angry that the controversy surrounding Sessions has overshadowed his address to Congress, reports CNN.
Sessions recused himself from investigations into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, following the revelation that he had previously met with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
"Nobody has seen him that upset," one of the sources said, adding that Trump blames his communications team for failing to be prepared for the breaking news about Sessions.
Trump said his staff "fumbled" the situation, according to another source. Yet another described the president as being "hot" over the issue, adding that there were "a lot of expletives" when Trump returned to the White House on March 2 following a trip to Virginia.
The following day in the Oval Office, Trump vented his anger to his inner circle in the Oval Office, CNN sources say.
Video of the meeting has emerged, which appears to show the heated exchange during the meeting. Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Sean Spicer can be seen in background of the footage, reports the Daily Mail.
At that meeting, he complained of being attacked by the media, officials of former President Barack Obama's administration, and constant leaks from within his administration, according to a leak from the meeting, which said that the "animated discussion" also addressed the forthcoming immigration executive order and health care.
Trump blamed his staff for allowing a "mini disaster" to occur every week, according to a source outside the government but close to the president.
Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who was among those on the receiving end of Trump's anger, did not travel with him to Florida over the weekend of March 4, as had been previously planned, because Trump was so unhappy about the state of affairs, according to one of CNN's sources.
White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was not going to travel to Florida but ended up going. He joined Trump, Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross at dinner at Mar-a-Lago.
A White House spokesman put a positive spin on the entire situation, however: "The President had a fantastic week advancing his agenda to lift up all Americans and keep the nation safe. His joint session speech will go down in history as one of the best," he said.