Politico reported Tuesday that White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci prompted the resignation of assistant press secretary Michael Short by telling Politico that he planned to fire Short as part of an effort to stop leaks to the press.
When Short resigned shortly after Politico published Scaramucci’s stated plans, Scaramucci went on to blame the Politico report for Short’s resignation.
According to Politico’s reporting, Scaramucci confirmed to Politico himself early Tuesday morning that he planned to fire Short at a morning meeting, but as Politico notes, “that move was apparently delayed.” Politico published a story on Scaramucci’s plan for the communications team at 9:15 am.
A few hours later, Axios’s Jonathan Swan tweeted that he had received a text message from Short saying he had resigned.
These things usually happen without warning so I wouldn’t be surprised if this report isn’t a bit premature. But the way this ship is taking on water, nothing really would surprise me at this point:
Among those who viewed the President’s public rebuke of Sessions as unprofessional, according to several sources, is Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon-Mobil CEO.
Tillerson has a growing list of differences with the White House, including a new debate over Iran policy and personnel. His frustration is hardly a secret and it has spilled out publicly at times. But friends sense a change of late.
For weeks, conversations with Tillerson friends outside of Washington have left the impression that he, despite his frustrations, was determined to stay on the job at least through the end of the year. That would allow time to continue efforts to reorganize the State Department and would mean he could claim to have put in a year as America’s top diplomat.
But two sources who spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity over the weekend said they would not be surprised if there was a “Rexit” from Foggy Bottom sooner that that.
Full transparency: I'm deleting old tweets. Past views evolved & shouldn't be a distraction. I serve @POTUS agenda & that's all that matters
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 22, 2017
This new guy is going to be fun!
I've been watching Anthony Scaramucci's briefing for 20 minutes and I now own a used car
— Rob Flaherty (@Rob_Flaherty) July 21, 2017
Goodness you can’t turn your back on the internet for an hour with this Administration without shit happening.
From an interview with the NY Times:
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he never would have appointed Jeff Sessions as attorney general had he known Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation.Trump makes the extraordinary statement about Sessions in an interview with the New York Times Wednesday.
He tells the paper that Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from all matters related to Russia was “very unfair to the president.”
Trump also addresses the conversation he had with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a dinner for world leaders at a summit in Germany.
Trump says the brief conversation consisted of “pleasantries more than anything else,” but says the two also discussed adoption.