Trump's first few days in White House have been rocky, report claims

For Donald Trump, the first few days in the White House as the 45th U.S. president have apparently been rocky.

According to a report from The Washington Post published on Monday night, people within the Trump administration have described a new president who was unsettled about protests against him and reports that attendance at his inauguration ceremony was low.

The Post reporters, Ashley Parker, Philip Rucker, and Matea Gold wrote, citing unnamed White House sources, that there was internal disagreement about how Trump would respond to the reports about attendance at his Friday inauguration, with at least one staffer suggesting Trump address it with a tweet — as he is often known to do.

"But Trump was adamant," The Post wrote, citing aides close to the president. "Over the objections of his aides and advisers — who urged him to focus on policy and the broader goals of his presidency ... [Trump] issued a decree: He wanted a fiery public response, and he wanted it to come from his press secretary."

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White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter (2nd R) gives U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (R) the document to confirming James Mattis his Secretary of Defense, his first signing in the Oval Office in Washington, U.S. January 20, 2017.

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President Donald Trump turns to House Speaker Paul Ryan as he is joined by the Congressional leadership and his family as he formally signs his cabinet nominations into law, in the President's Room of the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 20, 2017.

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US President Donald Trump formally signs his cabinet nominations into law, at the Capitol in Washington, January 20, 2017.

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US President Donald Trump signs an executive order as Vice President Mike Pence looks on at the White House in Washington, DC on January 20, 2017.

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President Donald Trump is joined by the Congressional leadership and his family as he formally signs his cabinet nominations into law, in the President's Room of the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 20, 2017.

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US President Donald Trump signs an executive order as Vice President Mike Pence and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus look on at the White House in Washington, DC on January 20, 2017.

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President Donald Trump shakes hands with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y, as he is joined by the Congressional leadership and his family while he formally signs his cabinet nominations into law, at the Capitol in Washington, January 20, 2017. From left are Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump.

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US President Donald Trump is joined by the Congressional leadership and his family, rear, wife Melania Trump, son Barron Trump, as he formally signs his cabinet nominations into law, at the Capitol in Washington, January 20, 2017.

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President Donald Trump prepares to sign a confirmation for Defense Secretary James Mattis as his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (L) points to the order while Vice President Mike Pence watches January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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President Donald Trump is joined by the Congressional leadership and his family as he formally signs his cabinet nominations into law, in the President's Room of the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 20, 2017.

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President Donald Trump signs his first executive order as president, ordering federal agencies to ease the burden of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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President Donald Trump is joined by the Congressional leadership and his family as he formally signs his cabinet nominations into law, in the President's Room of the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 20, 2017.

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Spicer's remarks Saturday, which included dubious claims about attendance at Trump's inauguration, set off 48 hours of nonstop coverage.

That coverage included interviews from senior Trump adviser, Kellyanne Conway, who spurred another round of wall-to-wall coverage when she used the phrase "alternative facts" to describe Spicer's Saturday comments.

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The apparent ongoing power struggles, The Post reported, have reached "everything from the new administration's communications shop to the expansive role of the president's son-in-law to the formation of Trump's political organization."

People within Trump's close circle of allies and advisers have been the subject of alleged infighting before — most notably at a critical time for the then-candidate's presidential campaign in April 2016. At the time, Trump reshuffled key positions amid concerns he might lose the Republican nomination. He again rejiggered his staff in August, bringing on Conway and chief strategist Steve Bannon to run his campaign.

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