Sarah Sanders Told Trump To Revoke Brennan’s Security Clearance To Distract From Omarosa Scandal: Report
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and other senior Trump advisers recommended to President Donald Trump to announce the revoking of John Brennan’s security clearance on Wednesday in order to distract from media attention surrounding Omarosa Manigault Newsman’s book, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
Sanders began Wednesday’s press briefing by reading a statement from the president announcing that he was revoking the security clearance of the former CIA Director, citing his “erratic conduct and behavior.”
According to The Post, the White House’s initial strategy in response to the book had been to remain silent and avoid fanning the flames of publicity as Trump had done when another negative book about his presidency, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, was released earlier this year.
But that strategy rapidly collapsed as excerpts of Manigault Newman’s book began to be released late last week.
Manigault Newman, whose relationship with Trump dates back to her time as a contestant on the reality show he hosted, The Apprentice, made a string of media appearances and released recordings of conversations she had with Trump and other White House officials.
Trump soon decide to fire back, calling her a “lowlife” and on Tuesday referring to her on Twitter as “that dog.”
The president’s comments received widespread criticism, including from former CIA chief John Brennan who said it was another example of Trump failing “to live up to minimum standards of decency.”
As the firestorm grew out of control, Sanders and other senior advisers came up with a quick solution: Advise Trump to do something even more outrageous to distract from the Omarosa debacle.
Within hours, Sanders called on reporters during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House to announced that President Donald Trump revoked former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.