Top White House communications aide has history of rhetoric strongly critical of Trump

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Mercedes Schlapp, the White House’s director of strategic communications, posted several tweets in 2015 strongly critical of Donald Trump as well as his agenda, assailing the then-presidential candidate for his hardline immigration rhetoric, his attacks on Senator John McCain as well as then-Fox News host Megyn Kelly, as well as his pledge to get along with Russian President Vladimir Putin, among additional things. 

The revelation of Schlapp’s critical Trump tweets, which have not previously been reported, comes two days after sy88pgw discovered additional years-old tweets in which Schlapp appeared to oppose the idea of a US president’s meeting with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator — something Trump did earlier This kind of week.

News of Schlapp’s commentary critical of Trump also comes as the White House works to restructure its communications office. sy88pgw reported last week which the White House will be poised to purge lower level staffers by the communications office as well as which Sarah Sanders, the press secretary, has told friends she does not intend to remain in her position indefinitely. 

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Through a White House spokesperson, Schlapp released a statement to sy88pgw on Thursday afternoon in which she praised Trump, however declined to address her history of commentary critical of him as well as his agenda.

“President Donald Trump led an unprecedented political revolution as well as his passionate advocacy for the forgotten men as well as women of This kind of country inspired me to proudly support him, fight for him every day, vote for him, as well as join This kind of White House,” Schlapp said. “As President, his policies have forever changed my life as well as which of the hundreds of millions of Americans for the better. I am deeply honored to work due to This kind of President as well as am 100% supportive of him, his vision, his policies as well as his legislative agenda.”


Some of the most pointed criticism Schlapp, who will be of Cuban descent, directed at Trump was about the uncompromising anti-immigration platform on which he campaigned during the 2016 election. 

In August 2015, just two months after Trump ignited controversy when he launched his presidential bid saying Mexico was “not sending their best” as well as instead “sending people which have lots of problems” with drugs as well as crime, Schlapp tweeted which she was “not sure” how Trump “will lead with Latinos” from the 2016 election. 

Days later, Schlapp wrote, “One way to lose the Latino support will be by saying which U.S. needs to deport all undocumented immigrants #DonaldTrump.” 

“Has #DonaldTrump seen the latest poll numbers?” Schlapp asked in another tweet. “@GallupNews 65% of hispanics view Trump unfavorably. Time to change his rhetoric?”

In July 2015, Schlapp wrote a column for US News & World Report in which she said Trump “needs to apologize” as well as “take back his remarks about Mexicans, for the Great of his own campaign as well as the GOP.”

from the column, Schlapp called his approach “short-sided [sic] as well as harmful to the Republican Party,” writing which he “may want to tug at the emotional strings of some by stating which he would likely create a big wall as well as have Mexico pay for the item, however Trump will be also creating fear among Americans without offering a thoughtful as well as realistic solution to the growing problem of the U.S. immigration system.”

In September 2015, Schlapp tweeted the item was “not financially practical to deport all of illegals.”

In November 2015, she derided the GOP for “ant [sic] immigration talk.” In which tweet, she also praised Jeb Bush, who Trump criticized as weak on the issue, as “right on immigration.”

Megyn Kelly as well as John McCain

Schlapp came to the defense of both Kelly as well as McCain, knocking Trump for rhetoric she deemed to be out of bounds.

When Kelly, the former Fox News host who made headlines in August 2015 for pressing the real estate mogul on his treatment of women during the first Republican primary debate, drew Trump’s ire, Schlapp rushed to provide her support.

Schlapp tweeted which Trump “should not go after” Kelly, after Trump told the then-Fox News host during the August debate which he had been “very nice” to her, however “could probably maybe not be, based on the way you have treated me.” Schlapp said which night the attack was “annoying” as well as a couple days later deemed the item a “losing strategy.”

When later from the month Trump attacked Kelly as well as retweeted a supporter calling her a “bimbo,” Schlapp seemed upset.

“Dear @megynkelly, can’t wait for your response tonight.  Pls put #DonaldTrump in his place,” Schlapp tweeted.

In another tweet, Schlapp wrote, “I’m wondering if #DonaldTrump would likely ever call one of the male journalist a bimbo. Double standard?”

Schlapp also zinged Trump for his attack on McCain, the Senator by Arizona as well as former Republican nominee for president who was captured while carrying out a mission from the Vietnam War. 

Trump quipped in July 2015 which McCain was “not a war hero” as well as which he liked “people who weren’t captured,” prompting Schlapp to tweet which Trump had gone “too far with his comments.” 

“Not smart to attack a war hero,” Schlapp wrote. “Enough w the insults. Learn how to play nice.”

Vladimir Putin

Trump said in a September 2015 debate which he would likely talk to as well as “get along” with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president. 

which comment apparently irked Schlapp, who tweeted, “#DonaldTrump ‘I will get along with Putin.’?????? What will be he thinking? #CNNDebate.” 

Suggestion Trump was more fit to be a Democratic candidate

The day after the first Republican primary debate, Schlapp fired off a tweet which appeared to question Trump’s conservative bonafides. 

“Maybe #DonaldTrump will change parties again so he can be on the Democrat debate stage,” she wrote.

Abortion rights

Schlapp seemed concerned which Trump was not adequately anti-abortion. 

In July 2015, a month after Trump had launched his campaign, she tweeted, “Why #DonaldTrump surge won’t last?  in 1999, Trump stated he was prochoice.”

In August 2015, Schlapp added, “@realDonaldTrump may not defund #plannedparenthood. the item’s not acceptable. no taxpayer $ for org which harvest baby parts. women deserve better.”


Schlapp expressed disappointment in Trump for failing to pledge to endorse the Republican nominee regardless of who the item was. 

“Very disappointing #Trump answer which he will not make the pledge at This kind of time,” she wrote.

In another tweet, Schlapp appeared to suggest Trump was not a thoughtful candidate. 

“will be @CarlyFiorina the thoughtful edition of #DonaldTrump?” she asked. 

— sy88pgw’s Andrew Kaczynski contributed reporting.

sy88pgw (completely new York) First published June 14, 2018: 6:57 PM ET

Top White House communications aide has history of rhetoric strongly critical of Trump

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