Facing staffing exodus, Trump struggles to fill West Wing

Pauline Gross
January 12, 2018

"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", White House spokesperson Raj Shah said in a statement.

Donald Trump suggested on Thursday that a key program to collect foreign intelligence could have been used by the Obama administration to "badly surveil and abuse" his campaign.

President Trump "has a full understanding" of his policy on FISA, Huckabee Sanders told reporters when told it appeared he didn't know how FISA works.

Sanders then said the president supports the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments act but has concerns.

"We don't see any contradiction in that", she said. "It just was", Jackson said, before asking how people can trust administration officials to relay the president's positions if he changes them seemingly on a whim. "It's just a awful thing to have come out of your mouth as a White House correspondent or as a journalist". For about two hours, they were phenomenal.

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While Trump's initial tweet reportedly sparked confusion on Capitol Hill, the House ultimately voted in favor of reauthorization by a 256-164 margin.

Asked about Trump's tweets, Kelly insisted the tweets did not make passage of the bill "more hard", but conceded, "It's a juggling act".

Kelly wants to do so by the end of January, but President Donald Trump is having difficulty recruiting staff to fill vacancies, and the hiring process is lengthy.

White House staffers have been warned not to bring their personal cell phones, laptops or smart watches into the West Wing, as chief of staff John Kelly has issued a ban on the devices over fears of information leaks.

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