Uh-oh. Trump’s not happy.
According to new reports from Axios, President Donald Trump is planning a “huge reboot” to White House staff that could see some of his closest aides receiving the axe. It seems like not even his closest allies are safe. From Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon, to White House Counsel Don McGahn and press secretary Sean Spicer, are all at risk of losing their jobs.
It seems former FBI Director James Comey’s firing on Tuesday was the catalyst of an even larger White House revamp. Sources with inside knowledge on the matter told Axios reporter Mike Allen about Trump:
‘He’s frustrated and angry at everyone. The advice he’s getting is to go big — that he has nothing to lose. The question now is how big and how bold. I’m not sure he knows the answer to that yet.’
According to similar reports, Trump is quite unhappy with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. So much, in fact, that six West Wing officials told The New York Times:
‘Mr. Trump is growing increasingly dissatisfied with the performance of his chief of staff, Reince Priebus; the communications director, Michael Dubke; and Mr. Spicer, a Priebus ally, according to a half-dozen West Wing officials who said the president was considering the most far-reaching shake-up of his already tumultuous term.’
According to one top adviser, however, things may get one more try. Instead of firing people, Trump may just cut them out of the loop. According to the NYT, that’s what the president’s already done with Spicer:
‘He has been especially critical of Mr. Spicer, they said, openly musing about replacing him and telling people in his circle that he kept his own press secretary out of the loop in dismissing Mr. Comey until the last possible moment because he feared that the communications staff would leak the news.’
Rumors of Trump’s intentions to fire Spicer have been swirling all week, as the press secretary left his podium for most of the week for Navy Reserve duty. Many speculated that deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who filled in for Spicer on Wednesday and Thursday, would be his permanent replacement.
But Sanders soon came under fire for spreading misinformation during her briefings, prompting Trump to threaten to cancel all future press briefings:
…Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
According to the report from Axios, Trump feels that not only his staff, but also his Cabinet officials aren’t serving him in the way he’d hoped.
‘Trump has two complaints about Cabinet members: Either they’re tooting their own horns too much, or they’re insufficiently effusive in praising him as a brilliant diplomat.’
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seems to be the only member of Trump’s inner circle whose job is safe. According to Axios, Tillerson is on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday defending his boss.
By now, it’s obvious. Trump needs to be surrounded by people who can bolster his sensitive ego. That should a job requirement at his point.
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