In 2017, Alabama’s own Cliff Sims was plucked from relative obscurity, running a statewide political blog, and given a plum job in the Donald Trump campaign and later White House where he served as special assistant to the president overseeing White House messaging strategy.
News broke in May that Sims left the White House for a “promotion” at the State Department. But Inside Alabama Politics (IAP) on Friday revealed they discovered Sims was not promoted, but rather fired by the White House, and was never offered a new gig.
The world can rest easier knowing Cliff Sims is not at the side of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, advising him during the negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and other foreign matters. Especially since Sims, a 34-year old Enterprise native and former lead singer for a rock band called Moses, has zero foreign affairs experience.
Politico reported Sims was officially offered a job working closely with Secretary Pompeo, however Sims was never offered a job, according to several sources.
… A Senate insider familiar with Sim’s White House departure who spoke to IAP on the condition they remain anonymous said, “Cliff was fired, but it wasn’t the football incident, also reported by Politico, that got him fired, it was the leaks coming from the communications office. The leaks he was providing to some in the media.” Some also expect it was Sims, identified only as a White House junior aide, in a New York Times article last month, who allegedly taped meetings with the President and played those recordings to impress friends.
Alabama Today has reached out to both Sims and the White House for confirmation. We will update this story accordingly should either respond.