Trump Sets Deadline to Drain the Swamp, Starts With White House Staff & Priebus!
Donald Trump campaigned on the promise of DRAINING THE SWAMP and it looks like he’s amping up those efforts.
He’s only been a little busy during his first 5 months in office, fighting back the Deep State and the Crooked Media, James Comey, the Clintons and all sorts of others out to stop his progress. But that hasn’t really slowed him down. Check out this list of incredible accomplishments!
Now he appears to realize that if he’s going to continue to make progress, he needs to clean up his staff. Rumors are the Reince Priebus may be on the chopping block. Many others would be happy to see Jared Kushner go. Trump has set deadlines for Priebus and if he isn’t satisfied with the results, it’s reported that heads will roll.
Here’s a new report just out from Politico on the Trump shakeup:
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.”
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.
Deadlines haven’t been Trump’s only tactic for warning Priebus about his possible dismissal from the top of the administration.
Trump has openly floated the idea of other potential chiefs of staff, including former campaign aide David Urban and Wayne Berman, a Blackstone executive and advisor to Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman. Shortly after national security adviser Michael Flynn was fired in February, Trump invited New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to the White House to help brainstorm about a new chief of staff, according to a White House official and outside adviser with knowledge of the situation.
What do you think? Is it time for Priebus to go? Is it time to say “YOU’RE FIRED”?
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