Roger Stone Suggests Trump Averted a ‘Coup’ When Nick Ayers Declined Chief of Staff Position
Political consultant Roger Stone, who has long allied himself with President Donald Trump, claimed that the president averted a “coup” when Nick Ayers declined the opportunity to succeed John Kelly as the official White House Chief of Staff.
Ayers, the chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, announced that he would be leaving the Trump administration by the end of the year. Sources close to Ayers said he would return to Georgia with his wife and three children.
“Coup inside the White House by VP Mike Pence averted!” Stone said on Instagram, while posting a New York Times story about Ayers declining the position.
Stone offered no evidence to support his assertion, though it comes on the heels of reports that President Trump and his advisers are considering not including Vice President Pence on the 2020 ticket. Reportedly, John Kelly also advised Trump that Pence has little political value which would benefit an already embattled administration. The president had also actively questioned Pence’s loyalty.
Stone has long been suspected of being the key which allowed Russian operatives, with the help of the Trump campaign, to launch cyber attacks on the 2016 presidential election.
Stone helped Guccifer2.0 spread propaganda and misleading news stories to undermine the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. Guccifer2.0 also took credit for the infamous hacking of the Democratic National Committee systems, as well as accounts of other political party members and organizations. U.S. intelligence officials believe Guccifer2.0 is likely a Russian military agent or a persona that was used by many to broadcast information hacked by the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence organization.