(ABC NEWS) -- The White House is planning a staff restructuring in the coming weeks that includes a reorganization of ’s political operation based in the West Wing, sources confirm to ABC News.
Just last week, during a meeting with the president to discuss the 2018 , top White House political aides and outside advisers clashed in a heated argument, sources with knowledge of the meeting confirmed to ABC News.
Former Trump campaign manager and White House political director Bill Stepien, who both attended the session,were later seen in embroiled in an intense exchange about the midterm campaign outside the Oval Office, according to sources.
Stepien, who is responsible for outreach to key political constituencies and crafting White House political strategy, has been under increasing pressure after high-profile Republican losses in the Virginia gubernatorial election and Alabama Senate special election — both races that saw the direct involvement of President Trump.
Administration sources tell ABC News that John DeStefano, who currently heads the Office of Presidential Personnel, is expected to be elevated to a deputy chief of staff position, broadening his portfolio to oversee the administration's political operation.
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