Axios reported that there are significant differences between US President Donald Trump and a number of senior officials in his administration, due to their refusal to support conspiracy theories or any attempt to cancel the results of the presidential elections.
The website – quoting senior administration officials – added that the list of people with whom Trump disagrees includes Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The website quoted a source who spoke to Trump as saying that the president viewed Vice President Pence as not fighting hard enough for him.
Trump believes that those around him are weak and disloyal, and that he is increasingly seeking to trust the people who are urging him to reverse the election result.
Senior White House officials have been reported as trying to get as far as possible from the West Wing, where the Oval Office is.
On the other hand, the US President issued a pardon for 15 people before the end of his current term.
The amnesty included two former Republican lawmakers, in addition to a Dutch lawyer and George Papadopoulos, the foreign policy advisor for Trump’s 2016 election campaign, who were the focus of the investigation into Russia’s supposed interference.
Papadopoulos had admitted lying to FBI investigators about the importance of his contacts with people who said they had close links with senior Russian officials.
Trump also pardoned Nicholas Slaten, a gunman in the “Blackwater” militia, who was serving a life sentence for his involvement in the Nisour Square massacre in Iraq.