Carson spoke at a "Black Economic Empowerment" event organized
by Trump's re-election campaign at an Atlanta conference center,
ahead of Trump. Reporters watching on a television screen in the
room got a partial, up-close view of talking points typed on the
back of Carson's speech.
In the notes, Carson appeared to be complaining about Trump aide
John McEntee, head of the presidential personnel office,
referred to in the notes as PPO. Parts of the notes were
obscured by Carson's microphone.
"Mr. President, I am your friend and I am very loyal to you, and
after you win I (illegible) to stay in your administration. I am
not happy with the way PPO is handling my agency. I like John
and respect (illegible) he is doing. However I am sensing a
severe lack of trust with some of the..."
Trump has tasked McEntee with ensuring loyalty among senior
aides at Cabinet agencies, an administration source said.
The White House declined to comment and no comment was
immediately available from the agency.
(Reporting by Steve Holland and Andrea Shalal; editing by
Heather Timmons and Leslie Adler)
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