On August 13, 2018, former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman released a recording of President Trump reacting to her dismissal. The audio clip allegedly transpired the day after John Kelly, Trump's Chief of Staff, told Manigault Newman she had to leave, yet it sounds like Trump had no part in the decision to fire her.
This incident has pushed many to wonder who's really making the decisions in the White House. If Trump is to be believed, someone else clearly decided Manigault Newman had to go, so how many other decisions are resolved by the people surrounding the president?
Given his proximity to the situation, Kelly is an obvious choice, as is Vice President Mike Pence, who has a considerably longer political history than Trump. Even some of the people Trump has fired, such as his old attorney Michael Cohen, could still be theoretically pulling a few strings here and there.
However, it's possible no one in the White House has greater practical authority than President Trump himself. Perhaps his lack of knowledge regarding the Manigault Newman situation was an unfortunate, one-time lapse in communication (or maybe he just wanted her to blame someone else when they spoke in person).
So what do you make of it all? Which political figures surrounding Trump's White House are actually making the tough calls? Vote up the individuals who seem to have an unusual amount of sway in the oval office.
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