As reported over the weekend, having returned from his first foreign trip president Trump is preparing a “war room” in response to the barrage of Russian news blanketing the media, and plans to restructure the White House communications strategy and possibly staffing.
There have been rumors around Washington that press secretary Sean Spicer’s job is in danger (and that Jared Kushner, the focus of much of the latest newsflow, may be forced to take a “step back“) but the White House has denied these rumors. In an interview with Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro earlier this month, Trump said Spicer has been “doing a good job but he gets beat up.”
But the biggest issue plaguing the White House at this moment is the seemingly relentless leakage of confidential information surrounding Trump’s activities, with Trump administration officials saying last week the recent high-profile leaks of classified information are “coordinated and timed.”
And in a new development, CBS News has confirmed that three leakers of classified information at the White House have been identified and are expected to be fired.
According to CBS, “officials within the Trump White House believe leaks of Mr. Trump’s conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are a “deliberate attempt” by officials who are holdovers from President Obama’s administration and are trying to damage the Trump presidency.“
Last week, the Trump campaign released an email to supporters entitled “SABOTAGE,” in which the campaign said, “There are people within our own unelected bureaucracy that want to sabotage President Trump and our entire America First movement.”
The White House has yet to announce any terminations or staff reallignment. Instead, overnight Trump took another swipe at reports that his Twitter privileges may be removed, saying that “the Fake News Media works hard at disparaging & demeaning my use of social media because they don’t want America to hear the real story!”
The Fake News Media works hard at disparaging & demeaning my use of social media because they don’t want America to hear the real story!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2017