A couple weeks ago, it was reported that Donald Trump tried to block Mike Pence’s nomination for national security adviser because the nominee had worked on “Never Trump” advertisements during the GOP primaries.
At the time, no one really suspected a feud between Trump and Pence would emerge from this, but according to the latest from CNN, that just may be what has happened. Per CNN, Mike Pence’s camp has leaked that it tried to warn Donald Trump’s camp about troubled Dr. Ronny Jackson last year:
“Vice President Mike Pence’s physician privately raised alarms within the White House last fall that President Donald Trump’s doctor may have violated federal privacy protections for a key patient — Pence’s wife, Karen — and intimidated the vice president’s doctor during angry confrontations over the episode.
The previously unreported incident is the first sign that serious concerns about Ronny Jackson’s conduct had reached the highest levels of the White House as far back as September — months before White House aides furiously defended Jackson’s professionalism, insisted he had been thoroughly vetted and argued allegations of misconduct amounted to unsubstantiated rumors.”
This was the first documentation that surfaced for alleged medical misconduct, which was found in three memos by Pence’s physician.
This is a pretty big deal, folks. Not only do the leaks from the Pence camp portray Trump as irresponsible for keeping Jackson on as the White House doctor after learning of his professional misconduct, but it also shows that he nominated the man to run the VA after knowing about these things.
Considering the rate at which things have been unraveling for Trump, it isn’t all that surprising to see this from Pence, really. Perhaps they aren’t in an all out war with each other just yet, but something is definitely brewing here, and it’s certainly worth keeping an eye on.