Three of President Trump’s family members are urging him to say “You’re fired” to Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
Trump’s wife Melania, eldest daughter and senior adviser Ivanka and son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner have privately challenged the president to shake up the White House staff and to start with the chief by replacing Priebus.
Reince Priebus served as the chairman of the Republican National Committee before joining Trump’s administrative team. It has been in the rumor mill for months that he might be on his way out as the president’s top assistant. Deputy White House press secretary Lindsay Walters has denied that Priebus’ job is in peril, she told the Post that “these sources have been consistently wrong about Reince and they’re still wrong today.”
According to the Post, Trump may be hesitant to fire Priebus and other senior staffers because of the multiple investigations into alleged collusion between his campaign and Russia. Another reason for hesitancy may be the steady stream of leaks his White House has experienced.
As a caveat, WashPo does not cite any evidence as to where they got this information and being that they are “close” (sarcasm) with the Administration you wonder how they obtained this inside info.
However, in response to the Post’s article, Ivanka and Kushner both released statements that sounded like an NFL team saying they have confidence in their QB right before they release him. The Post wrote:
After this story first published, Josh Raffel, a White House spokesman, said in a statement on behalf of Kushner and Ivanka Trump: “Jared and Ivanka are focused on working with Reince and the team to advance the President’s agenda and not on pushing for staff changes.”
Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump’s communications director, told the Post that the first lady was troubled about the leaks coming from the White House, but rejected the idea that she was pushing her husband to fire Priebus or anyone else.
“Of course the first lady is concerned about leaks from her husband’s administration, as all Americans should be,” Grisham said. “And while she does offer advice and perspectives on many things, Mrs. Trump does not weigh in on West Wing staff.”
In addition to this don’t you all remember the time Kushner was going to get Bannon fired?
What do you think the ramifications would be if President Trump fired Reince Priebus? Would that move be impulsive or driven from paranoia? Or do you think the president’s staff should be shaken up because of the leaks and inconsistencies? What do you think about the president’s family getting involved? We look forward to seeing your comments.
Credit: Washington Post