The Pentagon pushes out respected media advisor and ex-Army colonel Steve Warren, a move bound to further strain the relationship between the press and Trump Administration.
Foreign Policy Magazine reports that Warren, a seasoned PA official, is “well-liked by reporters for his sense of humor and blunt-speaking style.”
Colonel Steve Warren
Trump officials had encouraged Warren, who had served as spokesperson for the US-led campaign against the Islamic State, to retire from the Army and apply for the senior media advisor job at the Pentagon, a civilian spot.
Dana White, assistant secretary for PA and former Fox News publicist, played a key role in Warren’s departure, according to FP.
In an email, White said the White House decided that Warren is not eligible for the Pentagon post.
Warren’s exit coincides with complaints about the lack of media access to Defense Secretary James Mattis and the Pentagon’s recent habit of booting reporters off planned international trips at the last minute.
He's on "terminal" leave until November.