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Immediately after she was fired, Politico published a piece citing anonymous sources that blamed her “abusive” management style, including “making homophobic remarks” and accusing people of having affairs.
However, in the days since, supporters of Skinner have claimed there were other reasons behind her firing.
One former senior administration official said Skinner was targeted because she was determined to implement President Trump’s America First agenda at the agency, and because she had a powerful position as head of policy planning.
The former official said Skinner was the only person who could effectively block or accept policy memos from the various regional and functional bureaus from going up to Pompeo. This frustrated career officials and Trump appointees who disagreed with the agenda alike, the former official said.
The former official said the complaints about her using homophobic language were “absolutely inaccurate.”
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