Sessions aide pledged loyalty to Trump's agenda in order to be hired: report

Sessions aide pledged loyalty to Trump's agenda in order to be hired: report
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Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief Manchin flexes muscle in 50-50 Senate Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' MORE’s choice to serve as his spokeswoman met with President TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE to assure him of her loyalty to his agenda so that she would be hired, according to a report from The Washington Post.

Sarah Isgur Flores, who has worked as an adviser for GOP candidates and organizations for at least a decade, told the president in a 2017 Oval Office meeting that she supported his agenda and would be honored to work in his administration, several sources familiar with the meeting told the Post.

The meeting was seen as necessary because Flores had criticized Trump during the 2016 campaign and would likely lose her chance at the job unless she met with Trump, according to the Post. Cabinet secretaries typically have the freedom to make their own hires.

Flores declined The Hill's request for comment.


Trump’s reported requests for loyalty have repeatedly emerged throughout his presidency, especially with figures close to the Russia investigation. Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyWray says FBI not systemically racist John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Trump DOJ officials sought to block search of Giuliani records: report MORE testified that Trump told him he expected loyalty from him, which the White House has denied.

And Trump reportedly asked Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office Trump turns his ire toward Cabinet members MORE if he was “on [his] team.”

A GOP strategist close to the administration told the Post on condition of anonymity that the White House’s process for vetting appointees is “an oxymoron.”

“There’s only one answer,” the strategist said. “Trump decides who he wants and tells people. That’s the vetting process.”