Both former President Donald Trump and House Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) denied reporting by the New York Times that there is distrust between them.
Trump senior adviser Boris Epshteyn defended Stefanik, saying:
Rep. Elise Stefanik is one of President Trump’s staunchest supporters and strongest champions of the America First movement,” Epshteyn said. “I am proud to have helped Elise defeat Liz Cheney to become GOP Conference Chair as well as to have worked with her during the 2020 Presidential campaign. The baseless smears against Elise Stefanik are a great testament to her strength, impact, and standing.
Stefanik aide Alex Degrasse also defended the relationship and called the Times allegations a “lie” from “socialists and their sycophant press stenographers.”
Degrasse told Breitbart:
The middle-aged men of the mainstream media are creepily obsessed with Congresswoman Stefanik and will lie to smear her simply because she is an effective Republican and a champion of President Trump’s agenda. What the lamestream media doesn’t realize is that their relentless lies and baseless smears only serve as more rocket fuel in Elise’s skyrocketing mission to help Save America from the disastrous reign of Socialists and their sycophant press stenographers.
Democrats and the press (same thing, really) know full well that the relationship between Stefanik and Trump is an important one.
If they can do anything at all to disrupt it, they will surely do it, even if it's a complete fabrication.