I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker:
Cipollone, a prudent lawyer, hung back. Though generally a fan of Haspel’s, he let Pence do most of the talking in the meeting. Trump ultimately decided that day to put his Patel plan on ice and keep Haspel in her position.
Down the hall in the chief of staff’s office, Meadows told Haspel he had offered the deputy CIA director job to Patel. She was unaware that the president had originally planned to do exactly this and that he had just decided against it. Haspel made clear that she would resign noisily rather than let Patel become her number two.
“I won’t stand for that,” Haspel told Meadows. “I’d like to then tender my resignation to the president himself.”
Before it came to that, however, Trump had backed off the idea of replacing Haspel.