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Report: White House Plans Major Shake-Up

| by Jordan Smith

The White House is reportedly planning to make significant changes to its operations as President Donald Trump returns from his first trip abroad in late May.

One of the biggest changes could be a move to have a team of lawyers approve tweets by Trump before they are published, The Hill reported.

Trump has acknowledged in the past that his tweets can cause difficulties for his staff.

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!" he tweeted May 12, according to CNBC.

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Trump went on to propose that a way to resolve this could be to cancel the daily press briefing usually held at the White House.

Citing information from The Wall Street Journal, The Hill also noted that a shake-up of Trump's senior staff could be in the works.

Some have speculated White House press secretary Sean Spicer may be replaced by his deputy, Sarah Sanders, and that the Trump administration may reduce the number of press conferences.

Sanders has filled in for Spicer a number of times recently while he was on military duty with the Army Reserves. When Spicer returned earlier in May, he conducted several press gaggles off camera.

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The White House has denied this rumor. Earlier in May, Trump said in a Fox news interview that Spicer was "doing a good job but he gets beat up," CBS reported.

In addition, Trump is reportedly considering bringing back former campaign officials Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, who would be made responsible for communications and political issues related to the ongoing Russia investigation. It has been suggested the pair would operate outside the White House, rather than being brought into Trump's inner circle.

According to Axios, Bossie has a better chance of being brought into the White House due to his ties with Trump's chief political adviser, Stephen Bannon.

Moves also appear to be under way against suspected leakers of information. CBS reported that three individuals have been identified as sources of leaks within the White House and are likely to be fired.

One of these leaks was the conversation between Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Trump was accused of sharing classified information with Lavrov.

"There are people within our own unelected bureaucracy that want to sabotage President Trump and our entire America First movement," the Trump campaign wrote in an email to supporters earlier in May, CBS reported.

Sources: The Hill, CNBC, Axios, CBS News / Photo credit: The White House/Wikimedia Commons

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