WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, concerned about infighting among his team, is considering a major shakeup of senior officials on his staff in an effort to eliminate some of the White House drama, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
Trump removed Bannon from the National Security Council this week in what was seen as a victory for new national security adviser H.R. McMaster, a former Army lieutenant general who was working to exert control over the national security apparatus.
White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said the Journal story was an attempt to distract from Trump’s “bold and decisive” action in ordering missile strikes on Syria, the Senate’s confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and the visits of foreign leaders this week.
“Once again this is a completely false story driven by people who want to distract from the success taking place in this administration.” she said. “The only thing we are shaking up is the way Washington operates as we push the President’s aggressive agenda forward,” she said.
(Additional reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Alistair Bell)