Newly minted Trump White House communications director Jason Miller and senior aide to the Trump transition team, AJ Delgado, remain underground after Delgado unleashed a stream of Tweets accusing Miller of an extra-martial affair.
Miller resigned his new post just two days after accepting the appointment, citing the need to spend more time with his wife and family, which includes a daughter due in mid-February.
But Delgado’s pointed social media missives (now deleted) left journalists wondering if there was more to Miller’s story, first appearing to “sub-Tweet” Mr. Miller:
Then Delgado strongly suggested that Miller was cheating on his wife, calling Miller “the 2016 version of John Edwards,” the former Presidential candidate forced to abandon his run for President after the National Enquirer discovered he’d had a love child with staffer Rielle Hunter.
Delgado deleted her account on Saturday, and Miller hasn’t spoken to media since bowing out of the comms job. Neither has acknowledged publicly what Delgado’s tweets appear to strongly suggest: that Miller and Delgado were engaged in an extra-marital affair that left Delgado pregnant.
The affair—and any potential pregnancy—has not yet been confirmed, but POLITICO revealed that its sources within the Trump Administration say Delgado admitted as much in a letter to her transition team superiors last Thursday, just before Miller submitted his resignation. Sources also say the affair had been going on “for a number of months.”
Miller and Delgado were spotted together in October, at the Sapphire strip club in Las Vegas, celebrating ahead of the final Presidential debate. Miller offered to resign at the time, citing the outing as inappropriate, but his resignation was refused.
This marks the first time allegations of a campaign romance, of which there are often many, have surfaced because of social media.
The notable breach of protocol—with Delgado airing what appears to be dirty laundry on Twitter—is new territory even for a campaign that has regularly used the social platform as a bully pulpit. While Trump himself often uses Twitter to criticize individuals and members of his team have used it to fan the flames of internal disputes, this appears to mark the first time a Trump acolyte has used Twitter to discuss his or her sex life.
It will also be interesting to see if the alleged affair has consequences for both Miller and Delgado. Miller told reporters on Thursday that he intends to finish out his term on the Trump transition team, and head back into private practice as a campaign consultant. Delgado hasn’t surfaced since deleting her Tweets, so consequences for her actions, if any, remain unknown.