White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said Monday that President Donald Trump would likely fire people from his administration after an embarrassing leak of a joke told about Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
Here’s what she said
“Can you tell us about that process about trying to figure out who is leaking from the communications department and what’s going to be done?” Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum asked Conway.
“I won’t tell you the process so much as to tell you that there are all kinds of leaks,” Conway responded. “Some leaks exist, I guess, to hurt colleagues, some leaks exist because they disagree with the policies that are being put forth.”
“None of them are helpful,” she explained. “And I will tell you there’s something else that is going on in this White House but not as badly as it was in the beginning where, it’s not so much leaking as using the media to shiv each other. And that was going on quite a bit at the beginning of this administration, and it’s less so now.”
“But I think the president is on solid ground here,” she continued, “that if you work at the pleasure of the president as we all do here and you have the privilege and the blessing of coming to work every day in this White House on behalf of the nation 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.”
“And so I can’t go on more,” she concluded, “but I had several discussions with the president on this very topic today.”
“Do you expect personnel changes as a result?” MacCallum asked.
“I do, actually,” Conway responded. “I do.”
Here’s the interview with Kellyanne Conway on Fox News:
Speculation arose that the administration is going to take action against leaks to the media after Trump tweeted about the issue earlier Monday.
“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,” he tweeted.
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
“With that being said,” he added, “leakers are traitors and cowards, and we will find out who they are!”
The latest leak to damage the White House revealed that a staffer allegedly mocked Senator McCain’s illness, saying, “it doesn’t matter, he’ll be dead soon.” The White House has not confirmed the report, and has not apologized for the joke.