White House Talk of Brain Drain Mystifies Journalists

Tapper: ‘Mystifying comment’

Reporters from national news outlets were mystified today as presidential spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders talked about concern in the White House over a “brain drain” of senior staff in the new year.

“She said the White House was concerned that many senior aides were talking about leaving this year, but no one could figure out how that connected to a brain drain,” said Major Garrett, chief White House correspondent for CBS News.

Jake Tapper, chief Washington correspondent for CNN, said he was equally mystified by the comment even though he knows of “a lot of senior staff” who plan to leave.

Garrett: ‘Funny at first’

Sanders’ comment left reporters so confused that the White House press office was flooded with calls after the briefing, but no one was able to get clarification about a brain drain.

“I’ve been working all of my sources for the past four hours and no one can think of a single person whose exit would represent a loss of institutional knowledge,” said Mark Landler of The New York Times.

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“I guess once people actually start leaving, we’ll get a sense of who they’re talking about,” said Tapper. “But as of right now, the idea that there’s anyone in the White House whose leaving would cause a brain drain makes no sense. Maybe it was a joke after all. It’s Trump, you know. He has a weird sense of humor.”

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