Staff conflicts in the early days of a first-term administration are nothing new, but recent shakeups near the top in President Donald Trump’s White House are worrisome on every level.
After the abrupt resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Monday, White House sources report that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus may be the next to be shown the door, according to Breitbart. If true, this is symptomatic of much deeper problems at the top.
Trump insiders are looking at Priebus as the sand in the White House machinery, according to Chris Ruddy, CEO at Newsmax and a Trump confidant.
Ruddy told The Washington Post (subscription required): “It’s my view that Reince is the problem. I think on paper Reince looked good as the chief of staff — and Donald trusted him — but it’s pretty clear the guy is in way over his head.
“He’s not knowledgeable of how federal agencies work, how the communications operations work,” Ruddy said. “He botched this whole immigration rollout. This should’ve been a win for Donald, not two or three weeks of negative publicity.”
In fact, a list of possible Priebus replacements is quietly circulating among Trump insiders, according to Politico.
The list reportedly includes White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, the adept face and voice of Trump’s message who is considered by staff and media alike as a force to be reckoned with; and Rick Dearborn, currently deputy White House chief of staff for policy.
Also reportedly being discussed is prominent GOP lobbyist David Urban, a veteran of the capital who has long experience navigating Washington political machinery.
The current White House personnel issues are distracting from the business of the Trump administration, so whatever President Trump does, he needs to do it quick. The buck stops on his desk.
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