Last night, Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned from his post amidst a growing scandal dealing with his discussions with Russia. But the Trump White House probably hasn’t seen the last of a shakeup – in fact, this is probably just the beginning. There are questions swirling about both Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus, and whether Trump & Co. feel they can do their jobs.
If not, the entire White House is going to find itself shaken up pretty soon.
Christopher Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax, believes Priebus doesn’t have what it takes to be White House Chief of Staff:
“I think Reince Priebus, good guy, well-intentioned, but he clearly doesn’t know how the federal agencies work. He doesn’t have a real good system. He doesn’t know how the communications flow.”
However, later on, Ruddy seemed to want to make nice with Priebus, tweeting out:
Reince just briefed me on new WH plans. Impressive! CNN today my personal view. Told him I have ‘open mind’ based on his results.
— Christopher Ruddy (@ChrisRuddyNMX) February 12, 2017
Then there are some problems with Sean Spicer, which range from how he looks behind the podium to how he speaks and what he says. The day after Trump’s inauguration, when Spicer yelled at the press for daring to report the truth about crowd numbers, Trump actually thought Spicer hadn’t been forceful enough with them. This was while the White House press corps was all over social media expressing their shock at being treated like a bunch of toddlers.
He was also upset with Spicer’s choice of suit – a light gray, ill-fitting ensemble that the overly image-conscious Trump thought made for bad optics.
Some simply believe all this is just Trump adjusting to the differences between running a business and running the White House (although he doesn’t like those differences – he wants to run the White House the same way as a business so he doesn’t have to put in the effort to learn anything and can go golfing every weekend).
Trump tends to shake up his staff whenever he thinks things aren’t going right. He showed that during his campaign more than once. Again, like a business, he wants people in place who will do his job for him, and do it well so he looks good. Spicer and Priebus apparently aren’t those people, and neither was Michael Flynn. The White House is looking at a long and uncertain four years right now.
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