As rumors of tension in the upper ranks of the White House have been growing louder, a former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, Karl Rove, told Fox News on Sunday, “These people have been leaking on each other for weeks.”
According to Rove, “Unnamed White House officials are dissing to reporters about other people inside the White House.”
Speaking to Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Rove hypothesized that these leaks are one of three reasons for what he calls “acrimony” among three competing coalitions currently at play in the White House — staffers that support senior adviser Jared Kushner, those behind chief of staff Reince Priebus, and allies of chief strategist Stephen Bannon.
He believes a second sign that there may be animosity among the ranks is that President Trump has been expressing concern and asking others’ opinion about his staff.
Rove claims sign three is that differing agendas presented by the staff are coming from a “palpable sort of animosity or antagonism.”
“Right now, there’s plenty of diversity of opinion, but there doesn’t appear to be sufficient unity of purpose inside this White House.”
However, Rove also stated, “And while I think there is a tendency to exaggerate a little bit in the press, I think there’s a lot behind this that’s real.”
Rove did praise Trump’s head of the National Economic Council, Gary Cohn, for his work in including White House aides in relevant discussions, and then drafting a plan and presenting it to President Trump “in an organized, deliberative fashion.”
Despite rumors of tensions, the White House has continually denied any internal friction.
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