CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Friday didn’t mince words when talking about the Trump White House’s furious denials about imminent staff shakeups that occurred literally days before massive staff shakeups took place.
Cuomo started by reading out a tweet from White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying that President Donald Trump and outgoing national security adviser H.R. McMaster have a good working relationship — just days before Trump fired him and replaced him with hardliner John Bolton.
“This was never true,” Cuomo said of Sanders’ tweet. “You understand? It was never true. The reporting was always solid that he was on his way out. This was a lie.”
Panelist Chris Cilizza agreed with Cuomo and also pointed out that Trump recently denied a New York Times story about shaking up his legal team — despite the fact that he brought in a new lawyer this week and his previous top attorney, John Dowd, resigned on Thursday.
Cilizza went on to note that the level of turmoil seen inside this White House is truly astonishing, as it has seen in recent weeks the firings or departures of top economic adviser Gary Cohn, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, top attorney John Dowd, and now national security adviser H.R. McMaster.
“I would remind people this is not the second term,” Cilizza said. “This is 14 months into the first term.”