Aides scramble to keep Trump from smearing Christine Ford: ‘Hopefully he can keep it together until Monday’
President Donald Trump (AFP/File / Nicholas KAMM)

President Donald Trump has so far mostly kept the gloves on when it comes to attacking Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of trying to rape her when they were both teenagers.

Behind the scenes, however, aides have been scrambling to stop the president from leveling deeply personal attacks on Ford.

Sources tell Axios' Jonathan Swan that "you have no idea" how difficult it is to stop Trump from lashing out at Ford.

"Hopefully he can keep it together until Monday," one White House official told Swan. "That's only, like, another 48 hours, right?"

Trump has largely avoided going after Ford, although he told Fox News' Sean Hannity on Thursday that he thought Ford should have immediately called law enforcement officials and told them what happened after allegedly being assaulted.

"Why didn’t somebody call the FBI 36 years ago?" the president said. "You could also say when did this all happen, what is going on? To take a man like this — with that being said, let her have her say and let’s see how it all works out."