Mike Pence made a call to the president from Peru after hearing of the sudden drama taking place in the White House over his new appointee of national security advisor apparently rubbed the president the wrong way, before he could even make his way into the West Wing. The details of that call are not yet known.
Trump reportedly put the kibosh on Jon Lerner’s appointment immediately upon hearing that his vice president had chosen the right-hand man of U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
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According to Axios:
“Trump was furious when he learned Pence was bringing on Nikki Haley’s deputy Jon Lerner, according to three sources familiar with the events. The President believed Lerner was a card-carrying member of the “Never Trump” movement because Lerner crafted brutal attack ads for Club for Growth’s multimillion-dollar anti-Trump blitz during the Republican primaries.”
Trump, hellbent on getting rid of anyone on his staff who may have a differing opinion about his running of the wealthiest nation on Earth, is only against the appointment of Jon Lerner because he believes that Lerner is out to get him, not that Lerner is unable to to the job.
Trump is running the White House like he’s on set of his own personal soap opera.
Axios report continues:
“Trump told Kelly to get rid of Lerner. On Friday, as turmoil unfolded, Pence’s team was on the plane to Peru for the Summit of the Americas. Pence’s team got wind of what was happening, and when Pence landed he called the President and talked him around on Lerner, according to administration officials familiar with the situation. Trump was in the Oval when Pence called.”
Some officials are saying that Lerner is unfit to hold to position because of his weak knowledge of foreign policy, but Pence’s team disagrees, stating that Lerner’s resume working closely with Haley and members of Congress proves that he is very qualified to do the job he was appointed to do.
Kelly reportedly blamed Pence’s Chief of Staff Nick Ayers for not thoroughly explaining every political statement ever made by Lerner about the president, and so he was unaware that Lerner may not be so keen to drink the Trumpade.
Lerner, who sat in on a very crucial situation room meeting about Syria just last Thursday, has been serving as a deputy to Nikki Haley, and has worked alongside the current Chief of Staff as well. Both Haley and Ayers believe Lerner to be a good choice.