After two months in the #White House, #Donald Trump is already dealing with scandal and alleged leakers in his administration. In order to combat the release of information to the public, the president has hired spies to keep his team in check.
Just days after Donald Trump was sworn into office, rumors began to circulate about the level of influence Russia had on his presidential campaign, and his current administration. By the time the calendar had turned to February, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, who had just been named as the National Security Adviser, became the headline story after it was revealed that he spoke to Russian officials following the election. Just weeks later, current Attorney General Jeff Sessions was revealed to have spoken to the ambassador of Russian on two different occasions during the election while he was serving as a senator from Alabama. Information reportedly leaked from the White House to the press, which put further pressure on Trump. As reported by the Washington Post on March 19, the president has hired political spies to report back to him about his #cabinet.
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to monitor secretaries’ loyalty to the president https://t.co/qLr7V49osQ— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 19, 2017
According to the Washington Post on Sunday night, Donald Trump has hired several staffers to act as his "eyes and ears" inside his Cabinet agencies, who are instructed to report back to the administration with any questionable information. The agencies are not pleased to hear about the so-called spies, which was evident when head of the EPA, Scott Pruit, blocked the "spy" staffers from recent meetings. The White House also hired a former Marine to keep close tabs on Secretary of Defense, James "Mad dog" Mattis, as Trump continues to worry about the possibility of leaks at all levels of his administration.
One of the main reasons why the president is keeping an extra eye on his Cabinet is because he reportedly doesn't know them well enough to give them his full trust. As the Washington Post explains, the president doesn't have "long-standing relationships or close personal ties" to his Cabinet members and their staff, which is why "gauging their loyalty is so important."
Donald Trump has only been the commander in chief for two months, but he's already created a constant stream of controversy that is surrounded him, as well as his team members. While it's unknown what information, if any, has been gathered by the political spies, it doesn't appear like Trump is willing to trust those who are surrounding him in the White House.