This story keeps changing. They’ve got to get their communications techniques working. Although, I’m not sure this is the fault of the communications shop.
I get the sense decisions are made peremptorily and the PR staff struggles to catch up. That said, the people responsible for broadcasting the message need to assert themselves and make sure they are getting the proper heads up so they can strategize and get the full story well in advance on any announcements.
The press secretary and the communications director actually are supposed to act like reporters within a White House. They need to interview the players, including the president, so they can get their story right.
From the Washington Examiner:
President Trump said Thursday that he had decided to remove FBI Director James Comey long before his deputy attorney general recommended he do so, and said Comey had informed him that he was not under investigation during a previously unreported private dinner.
“What I did is, I was going to fire Comey. My decision,” Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt just two days after dismissing the FBI director. Previously, his White House had suggested that it was the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that prompted Comey’s termination.
“Oh, I was going to fire regardless of recommendation,” Trump said.
“He’s a showboat, he’s a grandstander,” Trump said of Comey.