[Editor’s note: The Trump presidency has hit choppy waters and is heading straight for the rocks; to continue the maritime metaphors, the rats are lining the rails, desperate to get off the ship before it sinks and takes them with it. First Spicer, now Priebus, who next?
We can but hope that Trump has the common decency to follow tradition and as captain, go down with the ship. Some hope, Trump has all the decency of a piece of slime.
Impeachment and removal requires a 2/3 majority in House and Senate, with the way Republicans and Democrats are scrambling to distance themselves from the toxic Trump administration, it would seem to be not a matter of ‘if” Trump is going to be removed, but rather ‘when’. Ian]
More Deck Shuffling in the House of Trump: Preibus is Replaced
The new Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said the Chief of Staff “would be asked to resign”.
U.S. President Donald Trump has replaced his White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, after only six months on the job, installing retired General John Kelly in his place in a major shakeup of his top team.
Trump announced the move in a tweet a day after his new Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci, accused Priebus of leaking information to reporters in a profanity-laced tirade.
Trump issued his decision just as he landed aboard Air Force One after a visit to Long Island. Priebus was on the plane with him and left with no comment.
The U.S. President had lost confidence in Priebus, privately questioning his competence after major legislative items failed to pass the U.S. Congress, a Trump confidant said.
Kelly has been Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
“Reince is a good man,” Trump told reporters after he got off Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews on the outskirts of Washington.
He said Kelly will do a “fantastic job.”
Exactly one week ago, Sean Spicer, the controversial White House Press Secretary, resigned and was replaced by his former deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Spicer is said to have quit over the appointment of the New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.
There have also been personnel changes in the top ranks of Trump’s legal team.
On Thursday, The New Yorker posted an interview with Scaramucci that included a profanity-laced tirade against Priebus.
He called Priebus a “paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” who leaked information against him and vowed to get him fired.
“He’ll be asked to resign very shortly” Scaramucci said.