Embattled White House physician Ronny Jackson, President Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, had a meeting Wednesday night with White House officials amid new allegations against Jackson, including that he crashed a government vehicle while drunk and handed out drugs "like candy," a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
NBC News reports that Jackson, who has denied the allegations, has grown annoyed by the process and is talking with officials about pulling his name from consideration for the position; an announcement could be made as early as Thursday. Jackson's confirmation hearing was originally set for Wednesday, but was postponed indefinitely on Monday as allegations of improper conduct started to come out. Catherine Garcia
When she leaves Washington, D.C., don't expect to see outgoing White House Communications Director Hope Hicks write a juicy memoir or run for office. "She doesn't particularly like politics," one person close to Hicks told New York's Olivia Nuzzi. "She's loyal to Mr. Trump." Nuzzi spoke with more than 30 current and former White House officials about Hicks, and among other things, she learned more about her terminated relationship with Rob Porter, the onetime White House staff secretary.
Last month, Porter's two ex-wives went public with abuse allegations, and one, Jennifer Willoughby, told Nuzzi that Porter asked her repeatedly to take down a blog post that detailed the accusations without naming Porter. She declined, and in late January he called again, demanding she take it down because someone "was unhappy with him" and going to alert the media. At first Willoughby thought it was former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, because Porter blocked him from sharing his "racist agenda," she said, but now she thinks it was actually Corey Lewandowski — Trump's former campaign manager.
Lewandowski and Hicks reportedly had an affair during the campaign, and one person told Nuzzi that Lewandowski "has, sort of, Single White Male characteristics." Not only did he dislike Porter, he also doesn't like White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who at first defended Porter after the abuse allegations became public (they were already known in the White House).
The person who tipped off the media about the abuse knew "this would be part of a larger story related to security clearances and John Kelly and others, seeking to sow chaos and dissension," Nuzzi was told. Kelly himself is no fan of Hicks, calling her "the high schooler" and "immature," because he "doesn't like a woman that potentially has some position of power over him," one person told Nuzzi. Read the entire, in-depth article at New York. Catherine Garcia
White House adviser Stephen Miller's interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday ended abruptly, but his exit was another story.
Miller, one of President Trump's most vocal defenders, spent most of his time on State of the Union trying to deflect from the damaging new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, while also criticizing CNN and Tapper. After letting him go on for several minutes, Tapper cut Miller off and quickly ended the segment, saying "there's one viewer that you care about right now" and he was done wasting his viewers' time.
Jake Tapper to Stephen Miller: “I think I’ve wasted enough of my viewer’s time.” pic.twitter.com/0lEm5Xelk3
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) January 7, 2018
Two people with knowledge of the incident told Business Insider that Tapper may have been finished with Miller, but Miller wasn't ready to leave. He was asked nicely multiple times to leave, but Miller refused, and finally security had to be called to escort him outside. CNN declined to comment to Business Insider, while the White House pulled a Miller and ignored their requests. Catherine Garcia