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New White House Leaker Condemns Old White House Leakers

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Assistant White House press secretary Michael Short was fired yesterday, but he didn't know that was going to happen until a report on it was published by Politico.

A report on his termination was published by Politico because it was leaked to them by new White House communications director and Trump sycophant Anthony Scaramucci.

First, Politico’s Tara Palmeri reported that Scaramucci had told her, in her words, “that he plans to dismiss assistant press secretary Michael Short,” as part of his early war on White House leakers and other staffers deemed insufficiently supportive of President Donald Trump.

Short did not respond to TPM’s request for comment, but CNN’s Jeremy Diamond reported less than an hour after Palmeri’s article went live that Short had not been informed of his upcoming firing.

Fifty minutes later, Time’s Zeke Miller reported that Scaramucci said leakers were “unpatriotic” and that Scaramucci refused to confirm Short’s firing, saying it would be inappropriate to speak publicly about the matter — even though, as Miller pointed out, he already had.

It's a well-oiled machine.

We don't actually know if Michael Short was the source of any leaks and I doubt the Trumps do either. We do know that several members of Trump's team and cabinet members objected to Scaramucci's appointment, so it's possible they created or inspired new leakers in the process.

Of course, that may be a moot point if Scaramucci is going to leak things himself like a fucking idiot.

  • Badgerite
  • muselet

    Crikey.

    Shortly after telling a reporter that he planned on firing assistant White House press secretary Michael Short, White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said it was “unfair” that the public knew about the firing before Short did — even though Scaramucci himself was the source of the news.

    Matt Shuham uses the word “surreal” to describe how the story unfolded, and that seems like an understatement.

    I don’t blame Sean Spicer for not wanting this mook as his boss.

    –alopecia

    • Badgerite

      I guess he was “de-turd”. Poor Spicey. And now we have the Mooch.

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      Mook…that is a good word for Smoochi.

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