White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her top deputy, Raj Shah, "are both heading for the exits," CBS News reports, citing "sources inside the White House and close to the administration." The departures aren't necessarily imminent — Sanders "has told friends that she plans to leave the administration at the end of the year," CBS News says, and Shah "has not yet settled on an exact date." But President Trump's communications department is already understaffed, with "more departures expected in the coming weeks," a former official predicts.
Neither Shah nor Sanders "responded to repeated requests for comment before this story was published," CBS News says, and neither responded on the record when reached for comment Wednesday night. But Sanders tweeted a reply of sorts:
Does @CBSNews know something I don’t about my plans and my future? I was at my daughter’s year-end Kindergarten event and they ran a story about my “plans to leave the WH” without even talking to me. I love my job and am honored to work for @POTUS
That isn't exactly a denial, but it isn't a resignation letter, either. And not only is there historically high turnover at the Trump White House, "nobody wants to come in," a source close to the administration told CBS News. "They've gone through two rounds and now they're at third tier of people who are just lucking out — battlefield promotion ends up promoting people who aren't qualified for the position."
Sanders would probably deny that there's turmoil and widespread misery in the West Wing, but the White House is hosting an "Executive Branch Job Fair" for "competent conservatives" on Friday in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Politico reports. High-level White House staffers are expected to attend. "A job fair is seen as an unusual step for a White House to take," Politico notes. "Typically jobs in the executive branch are coveted career-making opportunities." Peter Weber
President Trump combined two of his favorite activities Tuesday morning: watching cable news and tweeting. Instead of simply viewing Fox News — as Trump reportedly "spends hours" doing any given morning — Trump also decided to live-tweet his responses to what the hosts were saying.
First, Trump tweeted at Fox & Friends' official Twitter feed about how "weak!" former President Barack Obama was in dealing with Russia. Then, he gave a glimpse of what will apparently happen in the second and third phases of the rollout of the American Health Care Act, the proposal House Republicans offered Monday to replace ObamaCare:
The president of the United States is spending his morning watching cable news and tweeting at the show's feed. This is totally normal! pic.twitter.com/wFNmDOFApe
During a meeting at the White House on Tuesday with local sheriffs, President Trump offered to "destroy" a state senator's career and cited some incorrect statistics about the U.S. murder rate. Per the pool report, a sheriff from Texas was telling Trump about a state senator who "was getting in the way of some things that would be helpful." "Do you want to give his name?" Trump said. "We'll destroy his career." The sheriff "declined," the pool report noted.
Sheriff tells Trump that state senator is doing something he doesn't like
At another point in the meeting with "nearly a dozen" sheriffs," Trump claimed the country's murder rate is "the highest it's been in 45-47 years." The FBI's crime report for 2015 indicated that while violent crimes increased slightly from 2014 to 2015, the rates has consistently fallen since 1996. New York University School of Law's Brennan Center for Justice also concluded in an analysis of 2016 crime statistics that the nation's crime rates "remain near historic lows." Becca Stanek