Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Trump White House pushes back against reports of staff purges, behind-the-scenes chaos

Trump White House pushes back against reports of staff purges, behind-the-scenes chaos

The architect of Trump's nationalist-populist campaign and his election victory, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was nicknamed the Prince of Darkness and the Shadow President.

Sanders said chief of staff John Kelly had spoken to staff that morning, reassuring them there would be "no immediate personnel changes at this time" and people should "not be concerned".

Trump abruptly dismissed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday.

Sources say Trump and Tillerson never got on.

An increasingly confident Trump is privately weighing still more changes, expressing frustration with some aides and sifting through possible replacements.

Sanders, who sent a message on Twitter on Thursday evening denying the account, said she had asked the president about the report in The Washington Post and Trump said it was not accurate.

Kelly also made a point of communicating he's not around for a lot of Trump conversations, so can't be sure what Trump is and is not saying to people in his phone calls.

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Among staff whose jobs appeared most secure were Vice President Mike Pence at 50/1 and Small Business Administration chief Linda McMahon with the same odds, according to BetDSI.

Multiple White House spokespeople did not return requests for comment from the Daily News. Tillerson's sacking came less than two weeks after Trump's top economic advisor Gary Cohn quit in protest against the president's decision to levy tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

The Post said some in the White House were hesitant to remove Mr. McMaster until he had "a promotion to four-star rank or other comfortable landing spot".

HR McMaster, the three-star general who is Mr Trump's national security adviser, was at the top the hit list after months of fraught relations between the pair. Officials said McMaster has been sidelined in some internal discussions, with Kelly taking on a more active role in foreign policy decisions, because of the personal tensions.

Trump and McMaster were also in meetings together on Friday, the press secretary added. The president recently told an ally that he was still frustrated by an interview that Kelly gave to Fox News almost two months ago in which he suggested that Trump had "evolved" in his thinking about the need for a wall on the Mexican border.

The President is absolutely fine with the outside conversation focusing on staff rumors inside the West Wing, fueling much of it himself while enjoying the speculation.

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