Donald Trump, Roger Stone (thankfully) part ways
So, depending on whose account you choose to believe, it was either Donald Trump to Roger Stone: you're fired, or it was Roger Stone to Donald Trump: I quit. Stone was Trump's chief political adviser and consultant.
From The Washington Post:
'I terminated Roger Stone last night because he no longer serves a useful function for my campaign,' Trump added. 'I really don't want publicity seekers who want to be on magazines or who are out for themselves. This campaign is not about them. It's about victory and making America great again.'
The timeline for Stone's exit from Trump's inner circle is disputed. Trump insisted that he and Stone, who have been quarrelling for weeks over Trump's political strategy, was 'fired' late Friday after Trump heard from associates about Stone's grumblings over Trump's behavior and Trump's refusal to take his advice ahead of Thursday's GOP debate in Cleveland. In a phone call Saturday, Stone 'categorically denied' being fired.
'I'll let my resignation letter speak to the other issues,' Stone said in the call. 'I have great personal affection for Mr. Trump and wish him well.' Later, in a Twitter message, Stone wrote: 'I fired Trump.'
However it actually went down, it's not a negative development.
Stone is pro-abortion, and that did not go unnoticed by Bill Donohue of the Catholic League and Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life. Trump, on the other hand, claims to be pro-life even though he was once "very pro-choice."
'Since then, I've very much evolved,' Trump answered, citing Ronald Reagan, who as governor of California signed one of the most liberal abortion laws in the nation. 'I am very, very proud to say that I am pro-life.'
I sure hope so. I'll give Trump the benefit of the doubt on this.
And if he hires anyone to replace Stone, hopefully it'll be someone who's pro-life and pro-family.