A former aide to George W. Bush said on Sunday that White House personnel “have been leaking on each other for weeks.” Karl Rove said in an interview with Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” host Maria Bartiromo, “[T]hese people have been leaking on each other for weeks.”
He added, “Unnamed White House officials are dissing to reporters about other people inside the White House.”
Leaks, Rove claimed, are among the reasons he thinks that there is “acrimony” between three competing White House factions. These are allies and supporters of Stephen Bannon, Reince Priebus, and Jared Kushner. “And while I think there is a tendency to exaggerate a little bit in the press, I think there's a lot behind this that’s real,” Rove said.
Evidence of differences over agenda originate in a “palpable sort of animosity or antagonism” found between the three factions. “Right now there's plenty of diversity of opinion, but there doesn't appear to be sufficient unity of purpose inside this White House,” Rove said.
Rove was full of praise, however, for Gary Cohn, who leads the National Economic Council. He said that Cohn has drafted an economic plan and presented it to Trump “in an organized, deliberative fashion.” With Bannon’s departure from an official role on the National Security Council last week, rumors have swirled about a supposed internal struggle within the White House.