White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders briefed reporters on Thursday where she was quickly asked about President Donald Trump's confidence in Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who has found himself in somewhat of a public battle with the new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci.
Recently, Scaramucci has made comments on Twitter where he asked the FBI to investigate the “leaking” of his financial disclosure information and tagged Priebus in the tweet. Scaramucci deleted the tweet after he realized that the information in the disclosure was publicly available.
However, that did not stop Scaramucci from telling CNN that if Priebus is not a leaker, he needs to explain that himself.
When asked by ABC Jonathan Karl, Sanders dodged giving a direct answer on where the president's confidence falls. Sanders said:
“I think I've addressed this question when it comes to staffing and personnel many times, that if the president doesn't then he will make that decision. We all serve at the pleasure of the president, and if he gets to a place where that isn't the case, he will let you know.”
Sanders continued say that there are “many different perspectives” within the White House staff because “the president hires the very best people.”
She said that there is a sense of competition among the staff, which is something Trump appreciates as they believe it yields the best results.
Sanders was also asked about the similarities in the public shaming of Priebus as to what Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recently been undergoing from Trump himself.
This public shaming lead Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to send a warning shot to the White House today saying that there would be “holy hell to pay” if Sessions is fired.
Sanders said she has not spoken with the president about Graham's remarks.