The press knows this and claiming no one ordered the deed means nothing.
The most famous example of the kind of ‘pressure’ a leader can exert to have something accomplished without ‘overtly’ ordering anyone.
That’s a good summation. You have obviously spent a lot of time in the real world and understand how managers cover their tracks. Nothing has to be written, or even said. The staff learns to understand what the boss wants, and what actions lead to rewards and recognition. Those who correctly “read” the will of their superiors receive favors and advance in their careers. To get along, go along.