House Speaker Paul Ryan went to the mattresses for his longtime friend, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, at a press conference on Thursday morning.
Ryan was asked by a reporter about new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci “suggesting he might have been behind some of the leaks coming out of the White House,” and specifically whether Ryan believes those were “appropriate comments” for Scaramucci.
“Well, I only heard about this—I’m not sure what the inner play is,” Ryan replied. “All I have to say is as you know Reince is a very close friend of mine. Reince is doing a fantastic job at the White House. And I believe he has the president’s confidence. So if those two gentlemen have differences, my advice would be to sit down and settle their differences.”
In a follow-up, Ryan was asked whether Priebus should remain chief of staff at the White House.
“I think Reince is doing a great job as chief of staff,” Ryan said.
White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway criticized presidential staff for trying to damage each other in the press, warning that they would be caught.
“There are leaks and there are people using the press to shiv each other in the ribs,” she said in an interview on Fox and Friends, when asked about the controversy surrounding White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
She wouldn’t say who was leaking information to the press, but said that it appeared that someone was trying to damage Scaramucci’s reputation.
“Somebody is trying to get in his way and scare him off from working here which is a huge mistake,” Conway said.
She said that the infighting spread in the press was a “complete disservice” to the president and his agenda.
“We just have to cut down on people thinking it’s cute, and it makes them popular and it somehow enhances their resume and their portfolio for later on to curry favor with folks who are more interested in covering the style and not the substance here,” she said.
She warned White House leakers that they would be exposed.
“Leakers are easier to figure out than they think,” she said. “The West Wing is a small place.”
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Scaramucci says he’s alerting FBI about financial ‘leaks’
President Trump’s new communications director said Wednesday night that he was alerting the FBI after details from his financial disclosure forms were published online.
Anthony Scaramucci condemned the financial “leak” after a report by Politico said he stands to make millions from his ownership stake in an investment firm.
“In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45,” Scaramucci tweeted.
Scaramucci later deleted the tweet from his account.
The report said Scaramucci earned nearly $10 million for his stake in SkyBridge Capital, which could potentially lead to conflicts of interest.
It was unclear Wednesday night why Scaramucci decided to include White House chief of staff Reince Priebus in the damning tweet.
Preibus reportedly has been critical of Trump’s decision to hire Scaramucci.