President Donald Trump's longtime aide might be out of a job after his boss reportedly became angry when the media reported meager crowds at a post-campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, hours before the event was set to start.
CNN reported that Trump was watching pre-rally coverage in his hotel room when he spotted a few folks slowly trickling in. Shortly thereafter, aide George Gigicos received a call from Director of Oval Office Operations Keith Schiller, asking why there were so few attendees.
Gigicos reportedly explained that the reporters were hours early and that most people simply had not yet arrived at the Phoenix Convention Center.
Two sources said that an angry Trump then personally phoned the aide, telling him that he needed to make sure that the rally had a full crowd by the time he got there.
The audience size gradually grew larger as early speakers took the stage, and it was packed by the time the president arrived, notes Bloomberg.
"Wow, what a crowd, what a crowd," Trump said when he took the stage and started his speech, according to Bloomberg.
But it reportedly wasn't enough to get Gigicos off the hook.
Schiller called Gigicos again and informed him that he would never again organize a Trump event, three sources said.
Gigicos, who put together all of Trump's campaign and post-election victory rallies thus far, could be joining former press secretary Sean Spicer, former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former chief strategist Stephen Bannon, former national security aide Sebastian Gorka, and former communications director Anthony Scaramucci, all of whom have either quit or been fired since July 21. Two CEO-led advisory councils also disbanded in that span of time, following the president's controversial comments about Aug. 12 violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"George will be back," one source told CNN. "This is what [Trump] does. He tries to get under your skin."
Another source said that the situation "wasn't great" but was far from "the worst thing" they had seen in terms of Trump's anger.
Gigicos is reportedly popular and respected among White House officials, and Bloomberg reports that some of them hope that Gigicos returns to planning Trump's events soon.
Indeed, Trump has been speaking in glowing terms about the rally since he left the stage.
"You saw the massive crowd we had," the president said at an Aug. 28 White House press conference with Finland's President Sauli Niinisto, notes Bloomberg. "The people went crazy when I said, 'What do you think of Sheriff Joe [Arpaio]?' Or something to that effect."