Former White Home aide Cliff Sims’ new tell-all is brimming with insider particulars on vitriol and backbiting inside the Trump administration, however amongst its most scandalous is an alleged “enemies record” drawn up by the president himself.
In a CNN interview with Anderson Cooper on Tuesday, Sims mentioned that whereas his e-book Staff of Vipers describes Washington as “essentially the most cutthroat, poisonous, mean-spirited, draining work surroundings” he’d ever encountered, he himself was a participant within the bloodsport.
“I out of the blue discovered myself a participant on this ‘Recreation of Thrones,’ mainly, the place it’s like I have to push this individual out in order that I can get a greater place or they’re coming after me so I’m going to return after them,” he recalled.
For Sims, that meant lending President Donald Trump a hand in creating the alleged enemies record, which is claimed to have been utilized in a annoyed effort to stem the circulate of leaks from the administration.
“I begin itemizing individuals, and I justified it within the second by saying that is good for the president as a result of these individuals shouldn’t be right here,” Sims mentioned. “And looking back, it was good for me. I didn’t need them there as a result of they have been my ‘enemies’ contained in the constructing.”
The aide added that, though he now regrets his conduct, on the time he “justified any variety of issues like that to get forward.”
Simply as Sims’ interview started, Trump rage-tweeted in opposition to his former staffer, calling his e-book “boring” and “primarily based on made up tales and fiction.”
Whereas Sims believes he signed the identical agreements as different Trump political hires, doubtlessly together with a non-disclosure deal, he instructed Cooper he isn’t involved about being sued over the e-book.