President Trump on Thursday said reports suggesting he is planning more staff shake-ups are “exaggerated,” notes The Hill.
The abrupt Tuesday firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has fueled a great deal of speculation about possible upcoming dismissals.
Names mentioned in various media reports include Chief of Staff John Kelly, Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“The story was very false,” Trump told reporters gathered in the Oval Office. “I mean they wrote a story about staff changes today that was very false.”
Without mentioning who “they” are, Trump continued, “We made a wonderful change.”
“I think Mike Pompeo is going to be an incredible secretary of state. We have some wonderful ideas…There will always be change but very little,” the president further said. “It was a very false story. It was very — a very exaggerated and false story.”
Hours after his remarks, the Washington Post reported, citing inside sources, that Trump has “decided to remove” McMaster.
In response, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted, “Just spoke to @POTUS and Gen. H.R. McMaster – contrary to reports they have a good working relationship and there are no changes at the [National Security Council].”