White House staffers caught off guard by Trump's contentious news conference

The president assigned blame for last weekend's violence to "both sides."

The president additionally questioned the "changing [of] culture" that resulted from the removal of statues of American leaders. The displacement of a monument featuring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee spawned last weekend's protests.

As Trump faced a second round of criticism over his remarks today, inside the White House, staffers expressed worry about what the president's words would mean for the administration's agenda.

The concern about the consequences was not universal, however. One West Wing staffer dismissed the firestorm over the episode, saying, "Let Trump be Trump."