Donald Trump Plans To Fire And Destroy One WH Leaker To Make An Example Of Them
He’s only a year and a half into his presidential term, but it seems like Donald Trump misses the good old days when he was surrounded by able and supportive staffers who at least kept up the appearance of knowing how to do their job. While his underlings have always had a problem with maintaining discretion, the trickle of leaks coming out of the White House has turned into a gusher of Old Faithful proportions.
The departure of communications director Hope Hicks earlier this year left a power vacuum in the White House that sent rival camps scrambling to fill it. “He obviously misses her and still talks about her often,” a White House aide told The Daily Beast.
“I don’t know that anyone else can really do the job the way it needs to be done because of how the president operates,” another official said. “Hope always seemed like the only workable solution to that. Big loss in that respect.”
Hope Hicks was never formally replaced as communications director, and her former responsibilities have been divvied up between Kellyanne Conway, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and a communications strategist named Mercedes Schlapp.
While Hope Hicks might not have ever been able to completely plug the leaks coming out of the White House, it appears that the lack of direct oversight has led to different camps undercutting each other, issuing gossip to the press as a means of sabotaging their colleagues.
On Monday, the pressure from the media about Kelly Sadler’s leaked, tactless comment concerning John McCain caused the president to deny the issue entirely on Twitter.
“The so-called leaks coming out of the White House are a massive over exaggeration put out by the Fake News Media in order to make us look as bad as possible,” the president said. “With that being said, leakers are traitors and cowards, and we will find out who they are!”
To those who are actually keeping score, Trump’s denials have the effect of a tell in a poker game. When the president issues a strong denial about one of his cabinet members leaving, or a supposedly baseless “witch hunt,” it’s because evidence to the contrary is giving him a headache.