Despite publicly calling reports of White House turmoil “fake news,” President Donald Trump has privately encourage his former aide Anthony Scaramucci to attack his chief of staff John Kelly in the media.
According to a source close to the matter that spoke with CNN, Trump condones his short-lived former communications director bad-mouthing the man that fired him last summer.
Scaramucci has repeatedly aired his dirty laundry with Kelly, referring to him as “General Jackass” and claiming he rules the West Wing “by fear and intimidation.” CNN’s sources close to Scaramucci say he “is frustrated with Kelly because he has limited the former communications director’s White House access.”
The report came just hours after Trump told reporters during a press conference that he enjoys conflict.
“I like conflict,” the president said during a joint appearance with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. “I like having two people with two points of view. I like watching it, I like seeing it.”