Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he told President Donald Trump to fire Steve Linick and then disputes a claim that it was strictly out of retaliation. Pompeo goes on to say some of this is "crazy stuff."
As quoted by CSPAN, "I recommended to the president that Steve Linick be terminated. Frankly, should have done it some time ago...I don't talk about personnel matters. I don't leak to you all...there are claims that this was for retaliation...it's patently false...it's all crazy stuff."