The White House has not been happy about the unnecessary drama that was invited upon the administration after communications aide Kelly Sadler made an off-color remark about Sen. John McCain. In case you missed the kerfuffle, the communications staff was discussing McCain’s opposition to CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel when Sadler mentioned that it didn’t really matter since “he’s dying anyway.” This comment immediately leaked to the media, creating days of headaches for a White House that has struggled to contain leaks since Inauguration Day.
Now sources say that communication staffers at the White House have been warned that several people are getting ready to lose their jobs.
From Fox News:
The warnings about an imminent communications department purge were delivered by top officials, including Chief of Staff John Kelly and Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, Fox News has confirmed.
Junior communications staffers are nervous, scared, and disheartened after hearing about the possible shakeup coming soon, sources told Fox News.
Some in the White House tell Fox News that they believe administration bigwigs like Conway are in fact some of the worst leakers, leading junior staffers in the communications department to feel the warnings of an impending purge are unfair.
The news comes as senior officials in the White House communications office have decided to cancel the large morning comms team meetings, attended by lower-ranking staffers, in an apparent effort to clamp down on links.
If the White House does decide to clean house, they may want to listen to what some of their low-level staffers are telling them – that the leaks are coming from higher up on the food chain. We don’t doubt for a second that there are hangers-on, interns, and entry-level folks leaking to the media, just like we don’t doubt that there are Obama loyalists who still work in the government and use the media as their tool to #Resist. But there’s almost certainly another level to the leaks – Trump’s (supposed) loyalists and top aides, who seem to be constantly pitched in a power struggle. Until there’s a crackdown on that kind of leaking, nothing will be solved.