An anonymous Trump administration official who wrote a 2018 New York Times opinion article criticizing the president has identified himself. Miles Taylor is a former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security. “We do not owe the President our silence,” Mr Taylor said. “We owe him and the American people the truth.” Shortly afterwards, Mr Taylor wrote a book about working under President Trump, called The Warning.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway announced Sunday evening she will leave her post at the end of the month while her husband, George Conway, said he was withdrawing from The Lincoln Project, both citing a need to focus on their family. “I will be transitioning from the White House at the end of this month. George is also making changes,” Kellyanne Conway said in a statement.
Donald Trump was abruptly escorted out of a televised press briefing by a Secret Service agent after a shooting outside the White House. The US president was just minutes into a statement to the media when he was rushed out of the room. He later returned and announced there had been a shooting outside the White House grounds and that the suspect had been shot by officers.
Facing a tough re-election battle, US President Donald Trump has replaced his campaign manager. Mr Trump said Bill Stepien, a field director for his 2016 campaign, would take the place of Brad Parscale. Mr Parscale – who was reportedly blamed by Mr Trump’s inner circle for a poorly attended rally in Oklahoma last month – will stay on as senior adviser.
White House staff have been ordered to wear masks when entering the West Wing after two aides tested positive for coronavirus. The White House personnel office has said that staff must cover their faces at all times except when seated at their desks, socially distant from colleagues. The directive comes after an aide for Vice-President Mike Pence and a valet for President Trump fell ill.
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he believes China’s handling of the coronavirus is proof that Beijing “will do anything they can” to make him lose his re-election bid in November. In an interview with Reuters in the Oval Office, Trump talked tough on China and said he was looking at different options in terms of consequences for Beijing over the virus. “I can do a lot,” he said.
U.S. Secret Service Director Randolph Alles is soon to be out of his job. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that Alles “has done a great job at the agency over the last two years, and the President is thankful for his over 40 years of service to the country.” In a message to the Secret Service workforce Monday, Alles insisted that he had not been fired. The Secret Service chief’s ouster comes less than a day after the announcement that Kirstjen Nielsen, Trump’s secretary of Homeland Security, will also be leaving the administration.
After nearly two years in the post, Nikki Haley announced her resignation from her position as US ambassador to the UN. Haley did not provide an explanation for her departure. President Trump appeared alongside Haley during her announcement and said she did ‘an incredible job.’ Trump said a replacement will be named within three weeks.
The White House gave authorization to the FBI to interview anyone deemed necessary to expand the investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. President Trump said the FBI can interview ‘anybody they want, within reason.’ The expansion followed criticism by Democrats that the White House was limiting the investigation.
Former adviser to President Trump Omarosa Manigault Newman reportedly released recordings of conversations with Trump and chief of staff John Kelly despite Trump’s comment that aides signed non-disclosure agreements. FBI senior intelligence agent Peter Strzok who oversaw the Hillary Clinton and Russian investigations was fired for violating bureau policies after criticizing Trump in texts.