While Sarah Huckabee Sanders is on vacation, the White House has decided to provide a replacement for tomorrow’s press briefing. The replacement will be deputy press secretary Raj Shah, who worked at the RNC during the campaign.
The move comes after derogatory comments Shah reportedly made about Donald Trump in the wake of the “Access Hollywood” controversy during the 2016 election. During this period, Shah emailed Republican Committee researcher Andrew Hemming after the infamous release of the “Access Hollywood” tape, where Trump brags about sexually assaulting women.
Shah wrote, “u wanna hear something a little f*cked up?” Hemming replied., “Sure.”
In addition, Axios reported that Shah had some “unwanted publicity this week after NYMag’s Olivia Nuzzi published private messages featuring Shah calling Trump a “deplorable” in October of 2016.”
Despite the fact that Shah has been the heart of scandal for the past year, many White House officials like Hope Hicks and John Kelly think very highly of the Republican deputy.
“Raj Shah is a talented operative and skilled communicator. We have always known about his previous roles and are so pleased he is using his unparalleled capabilities to advance the agenda of President Trump, whom he has tremendous respect for,” White House communications director Hope Hicks said in a statement.
Shah has been featured on numerous networks including CNN and Fox News. It will be interesting to hear what Raj thinks is probably the worst thing Trump has ever done. Of course, we can expect Sarah Sanders to give him tips on how to dodge questions and profusely lie like it’s second nature. The most pathetic part is that Trump’s White House had to dip into the former “sometimes-maybe-probably never-Trump-camp” to staff his failing administration.
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