The White House is attempting to subdue reports of a rift between Trump and Pence staffers, saying Saturday that speculation on the matter was “simply not true.”
Reports surfaced this week on disagreements between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and various White House aides over immigration policy and other State Department regulations, and McClatchy cited multiple Republicans Friday who claimed the two staffs are at odds.
“There is clearly tension between the two staffs,” a former Trump adviser told McClatchy. “There’s so much Internet chatter. That’s going to fuel the animosity.”
“It doesn’t cause them any discomfort when the president gets bad news,” another former campaign official said.
But a Saturday Washington Examiner report sings a different song, as Pence officials spoke to the fine condition of their relationship with Trump staffers.
“It’s just simply not true,” said Pence’s press secretary Marc Lotter.
Speculation the staffs don’t get along has been present since Pence was reportedly kept in the dark on former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s misconduct, but aides claim this is overblown.
“There’s a pattern as it relates to the Flynn situation — vis-a-vis Pence — that he was never, either intentionally or unintentionally, made aware of the facts,” an administration source told NBC at the time.
But the two men who matter, Donald Trump and Michael Pence, are still on good terms.
“I think the relationship at the top is solid,” a campaign aide said.
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