After one of the most extraordinary weeks anyone can remember in American politics, there was the hope the dust might settle after Air Force One soared into the skies over the Atlantic.
Two fresh scoops put paid to that. The political scandal that has surrounded the President appears to have boarded the plane with him, and will now plague him as he travels overseas.
The first story cites an official US government record and claims the President of the United States called his own sacked FBI director a “crazy nut job” in the company of Russian officials.
Mr Trump is also said to have claimed that firing James Comey relieved “great pressure” on him.
It is an extraordinary claim – and strikingly, the White House is not denying he said those words, just the reasons he uttered them. But many will find officials’ explanation for them little short of risible.
The New York Times dropped the exclusive story moments after Air Force One began its flight – and at around the same time, the Washington Post posted another.
It claims the investigation into collusion between Russia and the Trump administration during the election is specifically interested in a senior White House adviser said to be close to the President.
The official is not named, but can be one of only a handful of people, and they may well soon be identified.
The investigation appears already to have entered a more aggressive state, with investigators interviewing administration staff and using a grand jury to subpoena people and papers.
The scoop will add to the impression that investigators are closing in on the circle of people nearest to the President.
It will also add to Donald Trump’s fears that investigations into his administration will continue to be riddled with potentially damaging leaks as they make progress.
The President is known not to enjoy travelling outside the United States. One can only imagine the mood aboard Air Force One as these latest bombshells emerged shortly after take-off.
Coverage of the trip is now likely to be dominated by the claim the President denigrated one of the highest officials in the land in a meeting with officials from a foreign power alleged to have interfered with America’s cherished democratic process.