When Jake Tapper invited author Ronald Kessler onto this past Sunday’s State of the Union on CNN, he had no way of knowing that Kessler would make an allegation so huge that it would cause outright fury in the Oval Office.
But given the kind of administration we’ve seen, a spate of tell-all books was all but certain, and if the author isn’t being held to one of Trump’s famous nondisclosure agreements, any given book is guaranteed to contain the kind of “juicy tidbits” that Kessler claims his new book, “The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game,” is chock-full of.
Perhaps the biggest tease so far, however, from the book that’s scheduled for wide release on Tuesday, April 3, is the fact that Kessler claims that the notoriously secretive White House has one major leaker, and that’s Senior Adviser Kellyanne Conway.
Kessler told Tapper that in at least one interview with Conway, she forgot that they were on-the-record as she ripped into her fellow colleagues. According to Kessler, Conway said some of the most ‘mean, cutting and honestly untrue’ things about former chief of staff Reince Priebus, and also ‘dissed’ Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the President’s senior advisor and son-in-law.”
Kessler went on to tell Jake that “[If] you wonder why there are so many leaks out of the White House, one reason is Kellyanne Conway is the number one leaker.”
Among the other details that Kessler teased from the book were the political naivete of Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared, who were blissfully unaware of potential consequences for decisions that they pushed Trump to make — such as the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, the act of which is what spurred the appointment of a special counsel to the Russia investigation in the first place, since it looked like nothing short of obstruction of justice.
But it’s the news that Kellyanne is the big-mouth inside the West Wing that is sure to send Trump over the edge — he may have family loyalty to Ivanka and Jared, no matter how disastrous their counsel turns out to be. But a chief counselor who gives up secrets is a different story altogether.
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