Karl Rove, a former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, said Sunday President Trump’s aides “have been leaking on each other for weeks.”
“[T]hese people have been leaking on each other for weeks,” Rove told host Maria Bartiromo on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“Unnamed White House officials are dissing to reporters about other people inside the White House,” he added.
Rove said these leaks are one of the three reasons he believes there is “acrimony” between three competing factions in the White House, which he said include the allies and supporters of senior adviser Jared Kushner, chief strategist Stephen Bannon and chief of staff Reince Priebus.
The second sign that top White House aides are not getting along, according to Rove, is the president expressing concern and asking others what they think of his staff.
“And while I think there is a tendency to exaggerate a little bit in the press, I think there's a lot behind this that’s real,” Rove said.
Rove said the last sign that shows dissenting agendas came from a “palpable sort of animosity or antagonism” between the three tribes.
“Right now there's plenty of diversity of opinion, but there doesn't appear to be sufficient unity of purpose inside this White House,” Rove told Bartiromo.
In contrast, Rove praised Trump’s head of the National Economic Council, Gary Cohn, for involving White House aides in relevant discussions, drafting a plan and then presenting it to the president “in an organized, deliberative fashion.”
Reports of tension within the top White House ranks have been swirling in recent days, although the White House has denied allegations of internal strife.