Washington( CNN) President Donald Trump has publicly rebuked Attorney General Jeff Sessions, expressing regret for appointing him to the positions and belittling him as “beleaguered” and “very weak.”

But inside the West Wing, Trump has often procured himself the odd man out.

It’s there that several top White House officials have recommended Trump to cut out his public criticism of Sessions, making a series of arguments in Sessions’ defense aimed at squelching the President’s annoyances with his attorney general, two sources close to the matter told CNN.