Donald Trump has lost so many of his top White House advisers and staffers, through resignations and scandals and abrupt firings, it’s difficult to keep track of them all. He’s replaced so few of the people who have left, his White House is essentially being run by a skeleton crew. Now Trump is losing one of his few remaining top people.
On Saturday evening, Donald Trump posted this tweet: “The United States Secret Service Deputy Assistant Director, Anthony Ornato, will become my new Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. I have worked with Tony for 3 years – he will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Dan Walsh for his great service, and congratulations to Tony!”
This led to questions across social media about why Dan Walsh was being replaced, and whether he even knew his tenure was ending before this tweet was posted. But a little digging reveals that he actually quietly announced his departure around Thanksgiving. No real reason has been given for his exit, but it’s notable that he’s been around since the very start of Trump’s illegitimate presidency – making him one of the very few original Trump White House advisers who hadn’t already quit or been fired.
Here’s the kicker. Dan Walsh was in charge of Donald Trump’s utterly, hilariously disastrous Trump Fourth of July debacle – which consisted of a few parked military tanks pretending to be a parade, and Donald Trump insisting that they had airports during the Revolutionary War. Somehow, this crap fest didn’t get Walsh fired at the time. Then again, Trump only tends to fire people for refusing to do his corrupt bidding.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report