Among those the president plans to replace if he wins the presidential election on November 3 are FBI chief Christopher Wray and CIA chief Gina Haspel, the newspaper writes.
He should plan to do so immediately.
NEW w/ @jonathanvswan: If Trump wins re-election, he’ll move to immediately fire FBI Director Chris Wray & also expects to replace CIA Director Gina Haspel & Defense Secretary Mark Esper, two ppl who’ve discussed their fates w/ the president tell @axios https://t.co/vk0Pe9wMYm
– Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) October 25, 2020
Avisa, which cites two sources who are said to have discussed the decision with Trump, writes that the background for the replacements is mistrust and great dissatisfaction within the Trump administration.
If it had not been for the presidential election and political headaches the replacements could have caused, he would have already done so, writes Axios.
US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper will also be on the list. Trump is also considering replacing Justice Minister Bill Barr and Education Minister Betsy DeVos, according to the newspaper.
However, the information has not been officially confirmed.
“We have no staff changes to announce, and it would not be appropriate to speculate on changes after the election or during a second term,” White House Press Secretary Judd Deere told Axios.