February 13, 2017

THE BUCK NEVER STOPS:

Trump friend says Priebus is 'in way over his head' (Philip Rucker, February 12, 2017, Washington Post)

One of President Trump's longtime friends made a striking move on Sunday: After talking privately with the president over drinks late Friday, Christopher Ruddy publicly argued that Trump should replace his White House chief of staff.

"A lot of people have been saying, 'Look, Donald has some problems,' and I think he realizes that he's got to make some changes going forward," Ruddy said in an interview with The Washington Post.

Ruddy went on to detail his critique of White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus: "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. He botched this whole immigration rollout."

The one thing you know for sure is that Donald isn't capable of the sort of self-examination that would reveal himself top be the problem, so staff shouldn't get too comfortable....




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Trump reviews top White House staff after tumultuous start (JOSH DAWSEY and ALEX ISENSTADT, 2/12/17, Politico)

[T]rump's concern goes beyond his embattled national security adviser, according to conversations with more than a dozen people who have spoken to Trump or his top aides. He has mused aloud about press secretary Sean Spicer, asking specific questions to confidants about how they think he's doing behind the podium. During conversations with Spicer, the president has occasionally expressed unhappiness with how his press secretary is talking about some matters -- sometimes pointing out even small things he's doing that he doesn't like.

Others who've talked with the president have begun to wonder about the future of Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Several Trump campaign aides have begun to draft lists of possible Priebus replacements, with senior White House aides Kellyanne Conway and Rick Dearborn and lobbyist David Urban among those mentioned. Gary Cohn, a Trump economic adviser who is close with senior adviser Jared Kushner, has also been the subject of chatter. [...]

If there is a single issue where the president feels his aides have let him down, it was the controversial executive order on immigration. The president has complained to at least one person about "how his people didn't give him good advice" on rolling out the travel ban and that he should have waited to sign it instead of "rushing it like they wanted me to." Trump has also wondered why he didn't have a legal team in place to defend it from challenges.

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