White House comms team turns on each other in front of Trump
The details from an Oval Office meeting of the White House communications team.
SCOOP: White House comms team turns on each other in front of Trump
, Trump convened a meeting with small circle of comms staffers. When Trump asked Kelly Sadler who she thought was leaking, Sadler named her boss Mercedes Schlapp, who was also in the meeting.
Adding Link: This jaw-dropping piece by
about WH comms officials accusing each of leaking in front of Trump is like a scene out of "Death of Stalin.'' What's next?
🚨 🚨 Can you imagine joking about John McCain dying and then accusing your boss of leaking in front of the President of the United States. Kelly Sadler did BOTH. And still has a job. Stranger than fiction.
Amazing oval office leak: in front of Trump, staffer who took nasty shot at john mccain accuses Mercedes schlapp of leaking
Amazing Oval Office leak: In front of Trump, staffer who took nasty shot at
, accuses Mercedes Schlapp of leaking
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, Trump asked
, in a meeting with comms staff, who the worst leakers were. She turned to Mercedes Schlapp, her boss, and implicated her! Mercedes said in a meeting, after the McCain “joke” leaked, that she stood with Kelly.
Trump, who had grown obsessed with the leaking problem, told Kelly Sadler he wanted to know who the leakers were. Sadler then stunned the room: To be completely honest, she said, she thought one of the worst leakers was Schlapp, her boss.
“The president told Sadler she wouldn’t be fired for her remark. He added, separately in the conversation, that he’s no fan of McCain.”
"No one ever says 'X leaked Y, and here's the evidence.' It's just 'X is a leaker.'"
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Backstabbing each other in front of Trump (for the benefit of Trump?)
⚡️astonishing leak, via
: Everyone knows the leaker accusation has become the most powerful weapon you can wield against somebody you don't like, especially to Trump
: “X is a leaker" has in this White House become synonymous with "I don’t like X”
I'm 90% sure Trump leaked this.