White House officials contradicted a report of tensions between aides to President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, saying claims to the contrary are based on bad information.
"It's just simply not true," Marc Lotter, Pence's press secretary, told the Washington Examiner.
Lotter was responding to a report that the two staffs have become "walled off" from each other and taken to "badmouthing each other's bosses." The report cited former campaign and Trump transition officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, as well as outside Republican observers.
"There is clearly tension between the two staffs," a former Trump adviser told McClatchy. "There's so much Internet chatter. That's going to fuel the animosity."
Doug Heye, a Republican strategist who has been critical of Trump, suggested in the report that Pence's staff might be annoyed at Trump's lack of conventional political discipline. "Trump does something and Mike Pence has to do cleanup," Heye said. "That can be very frustrating for staff."
Lotter maintained that the claims are baseless. "None of these 'observations' come from people who actually work inside either office," he said in an email with the deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters copied.