In Trump's White House drama, Priebus is favorite target

A senior administration official told on Thursday that Walsh had approached senior strategist Steve Bannon about departing the White House to help operate America First, a political nonprofit founded to promote the president's agenda.

White House officials, including Spicer, disputed reports that the Walsh transfer is a staff shake-up created to undercut Priebus.

Walsh will now work with the pro-Trump political group America First Policies, as well as the Republican National Committee.

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CNN quoted a White House source who called the move a "tremendous loss", noting White House insiders were frustrated after the administration's failure to get Republicans to come together on a health care bill supported by Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan. The official said Walsh saw a need to better organize support for the White House's initiatives on the outside.

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The White House is experiencing a major staff-shakeup since the forced resignation of Michael Flynn as national security adviser.

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According to Associated Press, White House officials said legislators were being pressured by outside groups that opposed the bill, with no push-back from existing Trump organisations.

The source said, "there won't be many people here who miss her".

Walsh has been a close ally of Priebus, serving as RNC chief of staff when Priebus was party chairman.

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Just this week, the family expected to be its principal funders, the Mercer family of NY, defected to a rival nonprofit, Making America Great.


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