Trump flashes anger over Sessions recusal, Russia stories in tense Oval Office meeting

Trump reportedly went "ballistic" on senior staff, a source told ABC News.

Hours earlier, aboard the ship, Trump told reporters that he had "total" confidence in Sessions and saw no reason he should recuse himself.

"We should have had a good week. We should have had a good weekend. But once again, back to Russia," a senior White House official said, expressing the frustration simmering in the West Wing after the news that week that Sessions failed to disclose during his confirmation process that he met with the Russian ambassador twice during the campaign. Sessions at the time was a senator on the Armed Services Committee and was helping the Trump campaign.

With Marine One waiting on the South Lawn, Donald Trump and his team engaged in an animated exchange — captured by press pool cameras peering in through the windows. Trump then left the office for the helicopter, taking the hands of his young grandchildren and joined by Ivanka Trump and Kushner.

Priebus and Bannon had planned to join them on the trip, but after Donald Trump's eruption, those plans changed. One source said both men volunteered to stay behind in Washington, with another source saying the president seemed to concur that they should.

ABC News' Devin Dwyer contributed to this report.