President Trump granted another lengthy interview to a major newspaper, but a big difference this time is that he was accompanied by several aides, including incoming White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci.
Trump gave the interview to the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, and the paper said that he was accompanied by Scaramucci, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and Strategic Communications Director Hope Hicks.
The Journal said that at one point, even Ivanka Trump, a White House adviser and his daughter, joined in the gathering.
The interview lasted around 45 minutes, according to the Journal, which published a piece of it pertaining to votes on the Republican healthcare bill.
Trump granted a similar interview to the New York Times last week for just under one hour and during which he created multiple controversial headlines, including his expression of regret in picking Jeff Sessions as his attorney general.
In that interview, Hope Hicks was the only aide present and it reportedly caught some White House staffers off guard.
A White House source told the Washington Examiner in an email Tuesday, however, that there was no deliberate change in the number of aides present for the interview with the Journal, and reports that the Times interview surprised any staff was untrue.
"That is completely false, regarding the Times [interview] and this was coincidental," the source said.
CNN had reported last week, after the Times interview, that there was "some West Wing finger-pointing about who allowed the interview."
Politico similarly reported that "Hicks' sole presence in the office has raised questions about whether she's helping Trump advance his stated America First agenda — or whether she is simply enabling a president with self-destructive tendencies to hobble the entire administration, and, ultimately, himself."