Trump Shakes Up His Administration
Within the last two weeks, President Donald J. Trump has made some big changes to his administration and there just might be some more changes when it is all done. It all started when Anthony Scaramucci (aka the Mooch), a New York financier, was hired as the new White House Communications Director over the objections of Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
Spicer has had a tumultuous tenure as press secretary beginning with the controversy over Trump’s inauguration crowds. Spicer has had a very combative style dealing with the White House press corps going into verbal tirades. One time, he yelled at April Ryan from American Urban Radio Networks to stop shaking her head. His actions at the press conferences became so famous that he was portrayed by Melissa McCarthy during several skits on Saturday Night Live!
Surrounding rumors that the President was displeased with Spicer’s performance, Spicer stopped doing the press conferences weeks ago. The White House announced that Spicer was being promoted. Many were expecting him to get that position of White House Communications Director. However, that went to Scaramucci. As soon as it was announced that Scaramucci got the position, news came out that Spicer would be leaving the administration all together. Actually, there is no love lost between Scaramucci and Spicer. Therefore, it would not have been a great combination with them working together.
Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, the daughter of Former Arkansas Governor and Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee, was chosen to take over for Spicer. Huckabee-Sanders has been filling in for Spicer since he was supposed to get that promotion. She has sparked some controversy herself by not holding televised press conferences.
The Spicer exit came right after President Trump returned home from the G20 conference in which he met Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time in person.
There are behind the scenes stories that as soon as Scaramucci joined the administration, Priebus start feuding with him. The two already had some previous animosity between each other. Scaramucci was vying for a position with the administration back during the transition period but Priebus blocked it.
Priebus’ tense relationship with Scaramucci took a darker turn over the past two days when the communications chief suggested in a late-night tweet that Priebus was one of the “leakers” that Trump has railed against. – Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin of the Associated Press
Many Trump loyalists ran away with those jaw-dropping allegations against Priebus. Priebus was not a favorite with them since the election when he was head of the Republican National Committee (RNC). Many of them still feel that the RNC was not wholeheartedly supporting the Republican nominee. One other strike against Priebus was his close ties to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who openly criticized Trump during the general election. At one point, Ryan even suggested that he could withdraw his endorsement of Trump.
The president’s most ardent supporters have always founded Priebus as suspect and a part of the establishment that has been trying to hinder Trump. Therefore, it was quite easy for them to picture Priebus as the main person behind the White House leaking.
Moreover, just like Spicer, Priebus has had a tumultuous tenure as well. Priebus’s connections in the Congress were supposed to benefit Trump in his effort to repeal Obamacare. However, that was an epic fail and many hold Priebus to blame.
It has been reported that the president has become frustrated with the ineffectiveness of the White House staff and that is why he decided to make some changes. Priebus will be replaced by the head of Homeland Security, General John Kelly. However, we still must wonder who else will be on the chopping block in the next couple of days?