The Trump administration is no stranger to scandals and leaks, but a story released yesterday may be the most embarrassing yet. According to a report released by CNN, a British prankster tricked several prominent Trump officials into responding to his emails sent from various fake addresses.
The person used addresses such as firstname.lastname@example.org to contact members of Trump's staff, including Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert, recently fired White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, Trump's pick for ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman and even Eric Trump, the president's son.
The prankster even released some of the emails to the public on his Twitter Account, @Sinon_Reborn. Take a look:
I wished Jon Huntsman Jr all the best. He seems enthusiastic about his new role. pic.twitter.com/ITyjxDsYhL— James Linton (@SINON_REBORN) July 21, 2017
And before you go accusing this story to be Fake News, the White House did confirm the pranks are real. WH Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "We take all cyber related issues very seriously and are looking into these incidents further."
Sinon_Reborn pretended to be Reince Preibus in emails to Scaramucci. The two of them had a hostile relationship in their brief overlap in the White House, eventually leading to Preibus' firing. Could the fake emails have somehow contributed to their rocky relationship?
Bossert is probably the most embarrassing of the duped officials, considering he's a cybersecurity expert.
Don't be surprised if next month the State Department announces increased foreign aid to help a Nigerian prince in need.