Sessions aide pledged loyalty to Trump’s agenda in order to be hired: report
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s choice to serve as his spokeswoman met with President Trump 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 Comey testified that Trump told him he expected loyalty from him, which the White House has denied.
And Trump reportedly asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein 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.”