Kellyanne Conway is warning White House staffers to stop leaking and undermining each other in the media. The Counselor to the President took to Fox News Monday evening to reinforce President Donald Trump‘s threat earlier in the day on White House leaks.
Trump had suggested that the leaks coming out of the White House aren’t actually real or accurate, tweeting that they’re “a massive over exaggeration put out by the Fake News Media in order to make us look as bad as possible.”
But the president in that same tweet subsequently suggested that the leaks are bad: “leakers are traitors and cowards, and we will find out who they are!”
The so-called leaks coming out of the White House are a massive over exaggeration put out by the Fake News Media in order to make us look as bad as possible. With that being said, leakers are traitors and cowards, and we will find out who they are!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2018
Conway said she “had several discussions with the president on this very topic today.”
She also told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum that White House aides are “using the media to shiv each other,” noting though that it happens “less so now” than in the beginning.
Appearing to address White House staffers directly, Conway delivered a curious word salad of warning.
“If you work at the pleasure of the president, as we all do here, and you have the privilege and the blessing of coming today, every, today, every work in this White House, on behalf of the nation that we all love, then you ought to be competent, you ought to be loyal, and you ought to be able to reinforce the agenda that prevailed here.”
Asked if there will be personnel changes after they find the leakers, Conway said, “I do, actually, yes I do.”
Conway ends interview by remarking that she expects White House personnel changes as a result of the sort of leaks Trump denounced on Twitter this afternoon pic.twitter.com/TAiweTNd6W
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 14, 2018
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Internet Laughs Out Loud After Trump Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham Says ‘Let’s Be Honest’
The credibility gap that has plagued official spokespeople for Donald Trump resulted in hilarious responses after she began her latest defense of the president with, “Let’s be honest.”
It started when Washington Post reporter David Nakamura noted an unfortunate young man who was stuck sitting next to Trump as the commander-in-chief issued a lie-filled rant about the “overthrow of government” in America.
This young man was invited to a White House roundtable on school choice but he had to sit there as Trump denounced the FBI’s Russia investigation as an attempted “overthrow of government”–even though IG called probe legitimate and not political. pic.twitter.com/WdaYLudGnx
— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) December 9, 2019
Grisham, who has yet to deliver a daily White House press briefing, attempted to blame the press for Trump’s rant.
Let’s be honest: the press are invited into roundtables & events on specific topics almost every day – and our guests have to “sit there” as they shout questions on subjects completely unrelated to the event at hand. As always, the hypocrisy here is stark. https://t.co/S7JxDsgf3u
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) December 9, 2019
Grisham was brutally mocked for making such a statement with her credibility issues.
Former Bill Clinton press secretary Joe Lockhart blasted Grisham in a reply.
“Let’s be a little more honest. Most Presidents don’t talk about attempts to overthrow the government and denounce his own FBI in front of anyone,” Lockhart noted. “No excuse for your guy. Sorry that young man had to hear it.”
Here’s some more of what people were saying:
No one thinks you’re ever honest.
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) December 9, 2019
Somewhere in the world it’s happy hour. 🍸
— savvytruffle (@savvytruffle) December 9, 2019
Maybe you could hold actual daily briefings. Isn’t that why we pay you?
— Pam📢🆘 (@PamManos) December 9, 2019
“Let’s be honest” pic.twitter.com/gtM2jwiYDw
— CHIDI®️ (@ChidiNwatu) December 9, 2019
Let’s be honest: you don’t work & yet we pay you a six figure salary.
As always, the grifting in this administration is stark.
— kevin (@KevINthe406) December 9, 2019
Maybe put down the bottle and have a press conference then?
— thesingleplayerguy (@singleplayerguy) December 9, 2019
When’s your next @WhiteHouse presser, Steph?
— Elizabeth Thorp (@ElizabethEThorp) December 9, 2019
Yes, let’s be honest! Maybe if you actually did your damn job and held press briefings, instead of running to your safe place at Fox “News”, then these questions wouldn’t be yelled out at times like this. https://t.co/8D3Si5jwRY
— Jamie Holly (@JamieHolly) December 9, 2019
Are you fucking kidding, @PressSec? The reason journalists have to shout questions about any and all topics is because you refuse to hold ANY press conferences, in a massive break from decades of tradition. You’re a utter joke, doing nothing but spouting Soviet-style propaganda. https://t.co/U4e1DM7yNA
— Mitchesque McConnell (@MitchMcConell) December 9, 2019
‘Busy Testifying’: Twitter Wonders Why So Many Trump Administration Officials Are MIA at His Joint Press Conference
Support for President Donald Trump is dwindling, but no where was it more evident Wednesday than during his joint press conference with the President of Italy.
As ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl noted, in the audience the “seats usually occupied by senior White House or staff” were “empty,” while the Italian side was full.
This is unusual — As President Trump holds his joint press conference with the Italian President, several of the seats usually occupied by senior White House or staff are empty. Italian side is full. pic.twitter.com/nYJ8JHHK5k
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) October 16, 2019
Many across social media wondered where Trump’s top-level associates were, especially Ivanka and Jared, among others.
Take a look at some of the responses:
Hiding from subpoenas
— Jefferson (@jeffersonalle) October 16, 2019
— Susan Foster (@independent603) October 16, 2019
Too busy shredding. https://t.co/SkIgpIhZ94
— Schooley (@Rschooley) October 16, 2019
Wow. His own staff is embarrassed to be there. No Javanka? People hiding now. https://t.co/PAJ7sq8LhB
— @HuckFinnPeru (@paul_sarria) October 16, 2019
They are all consulting lawyers- obvs https://t.co/YXMaxmvheA
— jim manley (@jamespmanley) October 16, 2019
They are cleaning out their desks https://t.co/TmtwTKia7O
— Debra Richmond (@DebraRichmond18) October 16, 2019
Because they are all speaking with their attorneys in hopes of staying out of jail. https://t.co/WjyiAJ8Chj
— Poppy (@McnaughtJ) October 16, 2019
There in their offices writing up their resignations https://t.co/ujXuVd9byD
— Political Polls (@PoIiticalPolls) October 16, 2019
They are all out interviewing attorneys. https://t.co/dWsVinflyV
— Yes yes yes (@No_No_No_Yes) October 16, 2019
If he is shooting for isolationism….
he is succeeding on a grand scale https://t.co/penO3XO0ej
— Tammie 🕊 (@tlccourville) October 16, 2019
On the phone with their lawyers. https://t.co/pX3lApnpyW
— Whit Stillman (@WhitStillman) October 16, 2019
Trump’s Disastrous Kanye Visit Was Jared Kushner’s Fault – and Left WH Aides ‘Hugely Embarrassed’
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman told CNN on Friday that Kanye’s Oval Office meeting with Donald Trump did not go over well with White House staff, who were left feeling “hugely embarrassed” for the “speechless and confused” president.
“This was very much a Jared Kushner show,” said Haberman. “Kushner brought Kanye West in to talk about prison reform and job opportunities for inmates after they get out of prison and then this lunch was put on the president’s calendar.”
“You can see Jared Kushner there looking very happy, his wife Ivanka Trump not looking quite as happy,” Haberman added. “That represented the split that you saw within the White House.”
“I heard from other West Wing aides who were hugely embarrassed that that had happened, thought that was not a good look, that this is not a rock concert,” she said.
“The main sentiment I have heard,” Haberman said, “is why have we taken what was a pretty good week for the president with Kavanaugh, which is something that Republican candidates heading into the midterms would probably rather be talking about, and why are we now doing ‘Kanye Week’?”
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