Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, on Thursday appeared to accuse chief of staff Reince Priebus of being a source of leaks out of the White House, as West Wing aides ratchet up their campaign to stop the flow of anonymously sourced information.
"I will just tell you that leakers are easier to figure out than they may think. This West Wing is a very small place," Conway said on "Fox and Friends." "And I’ll say, for me, I’m the jerk who hired a chief of staff, right? Because I thought we were supposed to work on policy, not free press or comms assistance, because we’re not here to curate our images."
Conway admonished anyone who leaks information from the White House, and noted a difference between leaking and "using the press to shiv each other in the ribs."
"We are not here to read about ourselves," Conway said, "We are here for the forgotten men and forgotten women."
New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has also gone after Priebus recently. On Wednesday night, he vented on Twitter about media reports citing his financial disclosure documents, which are available to the public upon request. Still, Scaramucci characterized the publication of the form’s details as a "leak" and tagged Priebus in his tweet. He later claimed he wasn’t accusing Priebus of being a source of the information.
"When I put out a tweet and I put Reince’s name in a tweet, they’re all making the assumption it’s him because journalists know who the leakers are," Scaramucci said on Thursday morning on CNN.
But he also challenged Priebus to clear the air. "So if Reince wants to explain that he’s not a leaker, let him do that. But let me tell you about myself. I’m a straight shooter and I’ll go right to the heart of the matter," Scaramucci said.