Priebus in the Cross-hairs (Already?)
One of President Trump’s longtime friends made a striking move on Sunday: After talking privately with the president over drinks late Friday, Christopher Ruddy publicly argued that Trump should replace his White House chief of staff.
“A lot of people have been saying, ‘Look, Donald has some problems,’ and I think he realizes that he’s got to make some changes going forward,” Ruddy said in an interview with The Washington Post.
Ruddy went on to detail his critique of White House chief of staff Reince Priebus: “It’s my view that Reince is the problem. I think on paper Reince looked good as the chief of staff — and Donald trusted him — but it’s pretty clear the guy is in way over his head. He’s not knowledgeable of how federal agencies work, how the communications operations work. He botched this whole immigration rollout. This should’ve been a win for Donald, not two or three weeks of negative publicity.”
Three quick thoughts:
- Really, the above paragraph is quite accurate if one substitutes “Donald Trump” for “Reince Priebus.”
- I am not so sure that Priebus “looked good” on paper for this job, as I was never especially impressed with his work as RNC Chair.
- We are now just beyond three weeks into this administration and a longtime friend of the president is publicly musing about a White House leadership shake-up. Three weeks.