Rumors of suspected leakers within the White House have been circulating for some time and the Trump administration has been working hard to find the informants who do not have the Trump administration’s interests at heart.
But with the new appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, it seems there is a new sheriff in town. As one of his first actions as communications director, he has identified and fired the suspected leaker: assistant press secretary Michael Short. (via Breitbart)
Short, who is considered to be an ally of establishment Republican and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, was fired by Scaramucci on Tuesday. This move is seen as part of a larger effort from the former financier and Trump supporter to shake up the press operation, which Scaramucci sees as more loyal to Reince Priebus than to the president himself.
In fact, Scaramucci is so determined to get the leaks to stop that he is willing to, if necessary, fire everyone on the communications team except for Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “I’m going to fire everybody, that’s how I’m going to do it. You’re either going to stop leaking, or you’re going to be fired. I’m committed to taking the comms shop down to Sarah and me, if I can’t get the leaks to stop,” Scaramucci stated. (via Politico)
Short originally worked in the Trump campaign at the behest of Priebus, but later quit the campaign after the Access Hollywood tape was released, something that was suspected to be of his doing, only to return to the administration on the prompting of establishment Republicans. Suspicions are circulating that the RNC’s interests may not be entirely in sync with those of the president.
Tara Palmeri of Politico, who first reported the story, writes, “He was scorned by many of his colleagues for quitting the Trump campaign, only to rejoin as a White House staffer because of Priebus…He had quit the campaign…The next time he was seen by former campaign staffers was in January on the first day in the White House, where some were stunned to learn that they were going to have to work alongside him or for some of the press assistants subordinate to him.” (via Breitbart)
This account indicates that Short’s appointment had more to do with his connections to RNC figures, rather than his competence or loyalty to Trump. It turned out that he had also worked closely with former White House deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh, another suspected leaker with connections to the RNC and Priebus.
Priebus and former White House Communications Director Sean Spicer argued against bringing on Anthony Scaramucci, a move that is seen by establishment figures in the White House as a move against them. But from Trump’s perspective, the ruthlessness of his new communications director in weeding out leakers is refreshing.
Scaramucci has threatened to fire everyone in the communications department of the White House if necessary. Do you think he should clean house?
“There are leakers everywhere. It damages the president personally, it damages the institution of the presidency, and I don’t like it,” said Scaramucci. “Do you want to sell postcards to the tourists outside the gate, or do you want to work in the West Wing? What do you want to do?” (via New York Times)
Like in a western movie when a new sheriff comes to town and kicks out the outlaws, Scaramucci is cleaning up the West Wing of those not loyal to the president. In a time when the president is facing conflict from the media, liberals, and those who want to see him forced out of office, it is imperative that anyone working for the White House be loyal to the presidential office, which is currently occupied by Trump.
Leakers seeking to undermine President Trump will only harm the institution of the presidency and cause a vacuum of leadership if they manage to eliminate Trump from the office of president. The United States and her citizens need those who work in the White House to remain loyal to whoever occupies the office of president.