Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma both still have their jobs after last night's White House meeting, but that doesn't mean all is well.
Details: The meeting was in Vice President Mike Pence's office. Pence, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Azar, Verma and Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, attended, two sources familiar told Axios' Jonathan Swan.
- One of the sources said the message conveyed to Azar and Verma was that the president likes both of them, but they need to cut out the fighting and work together.
- "The ball's in their court," the source added. "There are no more conversations to be had."
The bottom line: The pair's scorched-earth tactics have made it hard to imagine them having a productive working future, but both have strong allies — and enemies — inside the administration, making it equally difficult to predict whether either will be forced out.
The latest: Politico published a deep dive into the Azar and Verma's relationship, reporting that things began to really tank this fall after the duo fought over prescription drug policies and how to replace the Affordable Care Act.
- With their futures on the line, the two have taken to Twitter, television and op-eds to praise President Trump and their own work for him.
- The Washington Post also published a report last night on how the departmental infighting — along with Trump's own shifting demands — has impeded President Trump's health care agenda.