Donald Trump’s pick for White House communications director, Jason Miller, has dropped out of the job following claims that he had an affair with another transition official, several news outlets reported. And the real reason was just revealed by sources close to the Trump transition.
As the Trump team usually do every time a new scandal breaks out, Miller, a senior campaign official, tried to cover-up the reason for his sudden announcement. He told reporters that he was stepping down “because the White House job would be too demanding at a time when he needed to devote attention to his family. He and his wife are expecting their second child next month.”
“After spending this past week with my family, the most amount of time I have been able to spend with them since March 2015, it is clear they need to be my top priority right now,” Miller, said in a prepared statement. “I need to put them in front of my career.”
But around the same time, campaign surrogate and transition aide A.J. Delgado began directing comments at Miller on Twitter, according to Politico.
On Thursday, Politico writes, Delgado congratulated “the baby-daddy” on his promotion, and cryptically wrote: “The 2016 version of John Edwards.”
Edwards, the former North Carolina senator and Democratic presidential candidate, had an affair with Rielle Hunter, a campaign worker who became pregnant.
“When you try to put a brave face and tweet about nonsense to distract, your feed looks like @JasonMillerDC’s,” she wrote Saturday before Miller’s announcement to step down.
“When people need to resign graciously and refuse to, it’s a bit … spooky.” Delgado then wrote. When an old law school friend asked on Twitter to whom she was referring, Delgado replied: “Jason Miller. Who needed to resign…yesterday.”
Delgado deactivated her account once he had announced he wouldn’t join Trump’s White House.
According to the report, the issue has caused turmoil within the Trump operation over the past week.
After Politico received an anonymous email about the alleged affair, Delgado disclosed details of the relationship to senior officials in emails Thursday, the people close to the transition said. The nature of their relationship had been known to people involved in the Trump campaign and transition for “a number of months,” one source said.
In October, the New York Post’s Page Six reported that Delgado and Miller, along with members of the media, had been spotted at a Las Vegas strip club the night before the campaign’s final debate. The New York Times reported last month that Miller offered to resign after that incident, but the offer was rejected.
Delgado is an attorney and conservative commentator who frequently defended Trump on cable networks during the campaign. Miller joined Trump’s operation after advising Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) failed presidential campaign.
Miller, 41, informed top Trump officials of his decision to step down on Friday night.