Well over a month into her new gig, Stephanie Grisham did her first television interview as White House press secretary this week, bypassing Fox News for rival right-leaning network Sinclair and its “America This Week” host (and former Fox News staffer) Eric Bolling.
In the interview, broadcast Wednesday night, Grisham sidestepped a question about plans to bring back daily press briefings. “The president is his best spokesperson,” she said. “He is the most accessible president in modern history, so I don’t know what any of the press could complain about.”
Her interview followed an appearance by Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House communications director who has turned on President Trump in the last few days and says he no longer supports his re-election bid. Grisham called Scaramucci’s statements “nonsensical” and said that “his feelings just seem to be hurt.”
Bolling was suspended from Fox News in 2017 and then announced his departure from the channel after a brief internal investigation into a series of sexual misconduct accusations that were leveled against him.
On the same day of his departure, news also broke that his only son, Eric Chase, had died of a drug overdose.
In the months since, Bolling has largely reinvented himself, taking on America’s opioid crisis as a personal cause, getting a show on Mark Levin’s conservative platform CRTV, and now hosting “America This Week” for Sinclair.
The move came after Flynn admitted he gave “incomplete information” about a call he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. last December regarding sanctions against Russia, The New York Times reported, and that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about the conversation.
“Had I not been fired, and had Donald Trump continued to cultivate a direct personal relationship with me, it’s my strong belief at some point, given the history, the president of the United States would’ve asked me to do something inappropriate,” Bharara said on his podcast.
According to the New York Times, which first broke the news, Spicer told President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of New York financier and former Fox Business host Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.
Scaramucci was the White House Communications Director for 10 days last summer and is now infamous for a wild, expletive-filled interview with The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza. He announced in late September week that he will launch his own media website, called The Scaramucci Post.
“[G]iven recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House,” Gorka wrote in the letter, obtained by the Federalist. “As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.”
White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was reportedly fired in August 2017, though he insists he resigned July 27 — giving two weeks’ notice — but his leaving was put off because of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. He returned to Breitbart News, where he vows to go to “war” for Trump.
“Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas Price offered his resignation earlier today and the President accepted,” the White House said in a statement. “The President intends to designate Don J. Wright of Virginia to serve as Acting Secretary, effective at 11:59 p.m. on September 29, 2017.”
Former “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned in December “to pursue other opportunities,” according to a White House press release. Trump thanked her for In February 2018, she became a contestant on “Celebrity Big Brother,” and bashed Trump in the first episode.
Staff secretary Rob Porter left the White House in February 2018 after his two ex-wives both detailed accusations of domestic abuse. Reports emerged that senior aides knew about the allegations for months but did nothing until more details came out to the public, sparking backlash. Trump praised Porter’s character and reiterated that he had proclaimed his innocence.
The former head of PR for Hollywood producer Jason Blum’s Blumhouse announced in February 2018 that he was leaving his job as a senior communications aide at the White House after less than a year on the job.
Cohn, considered one of the most liberal members of Team Trump as director of the National Economic Council, announced in March 2018 he was leaving after a disagreement with Trump over tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. He had previously been mentioned as a possible chief of staff.
McEntee was abruptly fired after serving a year as the president‘s personal assistant, the Wall Street Journal reported on March 13, 2018. The paper cited an unspecified security issue as the reason for the dismissal.
The secretary of state was abruptly asked to resign in March 2018 after just over a year in the job. The former CEO of Exxon Mobil arrived at the State Department with no experience in government or diplomacy and soon ran afoul of both his agency and Trump, particularly after reports emerged that Tillerson had called the president a “moron” following a cabinet meeting.
H. R. McMaster
The White House lawyer who had overseen legal issues related to the investigation into Russian interference in 2016’s presidential election announced on May 2, 2018, that he was leaving his position.
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