While President Donald Trump spent most of Thursday morning criticizing the media on Twitter, he was exceptionally exasperated by one chunk of New York Times reporting that suggested his daughter Ivanka Trump played a role in Don McGahn’s departure.
Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner had NOTHING to do with the so called “pushing out” of Don McGahn.The Fake News Media has it, purposely,so wrong! They love to portray chaos in the White House when they know that chaos doesn’t exist-just a “smooth running machine” with changing parts!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2018
The President is likely referencing the chunk in the Times piece on McGahn’s exit that said Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner were among McGahn’s biggest critics. Ivanka Trump reportedly lambasted McGahn to her father over the degree of his cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller, a person familiar with the discussion told the Times. A person close to Ivanka Trump denied those reports.
Trump announced McGahn’s departure in a tweet on Wednesday, reportedly before he and McGahn had actually discussed when and how he was going to exit the White House.
The two men have been at odds over a slew of issues, including Trump’s belief that McGahn should’ve quashed the Russia probe and Trump’s interest in pardoning his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.