“Nobody disobeys my orders,” Trump said during a walkabout on the South Lawn for the annual Easter egg roll.
He was questioned by CNN’s Kaitlan Collins about whether he was worried some of his staff were shrugging off his requests, as depicted by Mueller, whose full redacted report was made public last week.
The document contained anecdote after anecdote of aides refusing to carry out some of Trump’s demands to short-circuit the special counsel’s investigation. The trend was so marked the report’s authors made note of it in their assessment.
That included acts by Trump’s former White House counsel, his former chief of staff, a former staff secretary and multiple other formal and informal advisers.
According to White House officials, that dynamic has been a constant undercurrent to Trump’s presidency, including on matters of policy like immigration and trade.
Aides have consistently worked privately to forestall or prevent Trump from taking actions deemed unwise or worse, relying either on diversionary tactics or the belief Trump would eventually forget his commands.
On Monday, Trump also proclaimed himself unconcerned about the prospects of impeachment proceedings, which some Democrats are now calling for in the wake of Mueller’s report.
“Not even a little bit,” he said when asked about impeachment worries.