President Donald Trump ordered major changes to his communications operation at the White House to prevent leaks, Politico reports.
The plan involves reassigning or firing mid-level and junior staffers within the communications department while keeping the key players such as White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The White House has considered major changes to the department since the leak of private comments by an aide about Senator John McCain.
The comment, a disparaging remark about McCain’s cancer, ignited a firestorm of media criticism and paranoia within the White House. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reportedly dressed down staffers for the leak.
Sanders went off on White House leakers in a recent TV appearance, saying, “I think it is disgusting and some of the most shameful behavior that you could ever engage. In it’s an honor and privilege to work for the president and to be part of his administration. Anybody who betrays that — I think — is a total and complete coward, and they should be fired.”