Donald Trump has announced this afternoon that he’s replacing White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus with retired military General and current Homeland Security Director John F. Kelly. Although Reince’s demise has been imminent for a week, and inevitable since nearly the beginning, the move is nonetheless sending shockwaves through an already crumbling White House. In fact a new report says a mass exodus of remaining staff is forthcoming.
Trump made the following announcement on Twitter: “I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American and a Great Leader. John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security. He has been a true star of my Administration.” He didn’t even make any mention of Priebus before announcing his replacement, only to go back later and add a generic tweet thanking him. It raises the question of whether Priebus even knew he had been fired prior to Trump’s tweet. And it’s also about to set off a chain reaction.
Political insider Scott Dworkin has posted the following in the wake of the firing: “White House Source: GOP loyalists plan “mass exodus” from Trump White House after Reince removed as Chief” (link). This confirms what has long been suspected, which is that as much as Trump always hated Priebus, he was the drop of glue that had been loosely holding Trump’s incompetent staff together.
So now we’ll see a swift exit of everyone in the White House who has any prior experience and knows what they’re doing. All that will be left is Donald Trump, his clueless sycophants such as Anthony Scaramucci and Kellyanne Conway, his racist monsters like Steve Bannon, and military General John Kelly who has no clue about politics. Trump’s White House was already historically incompetent. It’s about to get a whole lot more incompetent.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report