Trump Reportedly Asked if Labor Sec Could Replace AG Sessions After Seeing Him on Fox & Friends
A new report on the internal White House friction over the potential ouster of another top official provides some insight into how President Trump thinks about potential picks.
The Washington Post report tonight concerns VA Secretary David Shulkin being in “presidential purgatory.” What does that mean? Well, Trump wants him gone but he’s still there.
And the report shows just how much people are on their toes in this White House:
Trump’s aides frequently ask him for the status of certain Cabinet officials so they will not say anything inaccurate publicly. Not checking frequently can leave an aide “looking dumb” with yesterday’s information, according to one former senior White House official.
But there’s also one detail in particular concerning the President’s TV habits. It’s no secret Trump watches cable news––particularly Fox News, especially Fox & Friends––and has talked about bringing people in partly because he likes them on TV.
Per WaPo, this happens more than you might think:
Trump will see a segment on TV and begin musing for someone in a job, creating uncertainty. For example, he saw Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on “Fox & Friends” one morning and asked an aide if he could be the next attorney general. The president has, for months, attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has so far survived the public belittling.
Whether Trump was ever truly considering Acosta as attorney general is unclear; he will sometimes ask about five or 10 names a day for different jobs.
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