Trump Gives Reince Priebus to July 4 to Clean Things Up
If he fires Reince then we can all get the popcorn ready as the book deal is coming and soon. This is why it’s dangerous for Trump to fire anyone. Wait until somebody major in this WH is unloosed. Considering the contempt that many in his own WH have for him, they’d feel it almost a kind of salvation to get to finally unload on him.
Remember what Michael Flynn’s lawyer said-‘He’s certainly got a story to tell.’
Of course, this ultimatum for Reince is based on the illusion that the big problem in the WH, the big unifxable problem isn’t Trump himself. Like Ralph Waldo Emerson said-An institution is but the elongated shadow of a man.
“I’m always struck with how a simple phrase from Ralph Waldo Emerson captures politics over time, and how it captures the Trump administration perfectly.”
That phrase? “An institution is the lengthened shadow of a man.”
So firing Reince won’t solve the underlying problem. It may well, however, give us a great tell all book. Which is a good reason for Trump not to fire anyone. And really, who would wan’t Reince’s job? Especially now with the Special Counsel’s investigation.
For all Trump’s flacks, they need to be read their Miranda Rights every time they speak in public: Anything can and will be used against you in a Russia investigation near you.
But so we are hearing:
“Trump gives Priebus until July 4th to clean up White House.”
“The president has threatened to oust his chief of staff if major changes are not made, but many are skeptical he’ll follow through.”
Good reason to be skeptical for the reasons laid out above plus Trump tends not to ever cut anyone loose-he has Corey Lewandowski back defending him in public. Someone with his own story to tell.
“President Donald Trump has set a deadline of July 4 for a shakeup of the White House that could include removing Reince Priebus as his chief of staff, according to two administration officials and three outside advisers familiar with the matter.”
“While Trump has set deadlines for staff changes before, only to let them pass without pulling the trigger, the president is under more scrutiny than ever regarding the sprawling Russia investigation, which is intensifying the pressure on his White House team.”
“Days after his return from his first foreign trip late last month, Trump berated Priebus in the Oval Office in front of his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and deputy campaign manager David Bossie for the dysfunction in the White House, according to multiple sources familiar with the conversation.”
“Trump had been mulling bringing on Bossie as his deputy White House chief of staff and Lewandowski as a White House senior adviser with a portfolio that includes Russia, but told the two at that meeting that they would not be joining the White House until Priebus had a fair chance to clean up shop, according to the sources.”
“I’m giving you until July 4,” Trump said, according to a person with knowledge of the conversation.
“I don’t want them to come into this mess. If I’m going to clean house, they will come in as fresh blood.”
Yes Lewandowski and David Bossie clearly are the answer to his problem. Lewandowski with his own story to tell-ie, Russia ties.
“The Independence Day timeframe is timed with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s deadline for passage of the health care bill through the chamber, which is also the start of the July 4th recess. Priebus took the brunt of the blame for the first failure to get a vote on the bill through the House, though the White House and Speaker Paul Ryan were ultimately able to secure its passage on a second try.”
“Talk of Trump’s July 4th deadline has made the rounds in the White House, but insiders and those close to the president are not holding their breath, given the perpetual talk that Priebus and other senior staffers are on the way out.”
“Trump’s first deadline for the firing of Priebus and many staffers that he brought on from the Republican National Committee was the 100-day mark.”
“The president then considered the idea of a Memorial Day shakeup when he returned from the foreign trip, and then most recently, July 4.”
“It’s become comical that every holiday becomes a referendum on Reince,” said one adviser to the president.
“Sensing his impending doom even before he was criticized for fallout related to the firing of FBI director James Comey, Reince had joked, “I’ve got one foot on a banana peel and another out the door,” according to a person with knowledge of the conversation.”
“Getting rid of Reince won’t solve Trump’s problems-and if he’s replaced by Lewandowski and/or Bossie it will actually make it worse. It may also presage a quick tell all book.”
So by all means, fire Reince Priebus.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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