I had a feeling after Sean Spicer left last week that the next person to exit the White House would be Reince Priebus.
Initially, I supported Trump’s decision to appoint Priebus Chief of Staff.
I even wrote in November that Appointing Reince Priebus as CoS is a brilliant move.
And in some ways, what I wrote, I still believe.
For example, I said:
Now that Donald Trump is President-elect, he becomes the de facto leader of the Republican Party. By placing Priebus in the White House, that leaves the RNC chairmanship open. Trump can now use his position and influence to advocate for a new party chairman of his choosing.
And in that respect, I still think that.
But in every other way, that column falls in the “boy was I wrong” category.
Priebus did not, as I had hoped, act as a bridge between the President and the obstructionists in the Republican Party.
Let’s face it. Priebus’ loyalty was to Paul Ryan and the Republican Establishment, and not his boss.
And if the reports that Priebus was a leaky little leaker are true, then Trump chose the wrong man.
Sure, maybe he chose him for the right reasons.
But Priebus turned out to be the wrong man.
Like many people, I suspected that Reince and his RNC buddies currently working in the White House were a major source of leaks.
Shortly after President Trump announced that John Kelly was to be his new Chief of Staff, Fox News tweeted out this:
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 28, 2017
Huh. Funny how that happens.
I wonder why.
And yesterday, Pacific Pundit asked this excellent question: Ever notice how the media never attacked Priebus?
Man, that is an excellent point.
Nearly everyone in the Trump administration is a target of the vile, disgusting left wing media. Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, Jared Kusher [sic], Sean Spicer (when he was there), Sarah Huckabee Sanders are perfect examples of how the disgusting media has attacked Trump administration officials. The disgusting media even camped outside of Sean Spicer’s house the day he resigned and had a live feed, scaring his family.
Reince Priebus though, never got such treatment. Kind of strange isn’t it, especially consider there are reports that Priebus is one of the White House leakers. The leaking by Priebus still hasn’t been verified but it sure makes you wonder. Why all the vitriol by the media at other Trump officials, yet not his Chief of Staff?
Could it be that Priebus was the media’s inside guy?
Why attack someone and tear his life apart when he’s providing juicy little tidbits that keep the anti-Trump media well-fed?
It didn’t escape my notice that the very first interview Priebus gave yesterday was on CNN.
I’m sure part of the reason CNN had him on was in hopes that he would attack the President in that same spiteful way the other leaker James Comey did.
We’ll know for certain if Priebus was the leaker if these silly news stories dry up.
But for the sake of argument, let’s assume Reince Priebus himself wasn’t the source of these leaks.
The fact that these leaks were happening under his nose doesn’t say much for his management skills.
When you have White House staff scampering to the media to give them gossipy innuendo, clearly the Chief of Staff is not doing his job.
And if Priebus can’t even manage the staff in the West Wing, how could he possibly act as a bridge between the Republicans in Congress and this President?
How could he help advance the President’s agenda?
So leaker or not, he had to go.
The President has to trust his Chief of Staff completely.
And clearly President Trump didn’t trust Reince Priebus.
As far as choosing Secretary Kelly goes, I’m in thunderous agreement with that.
The speed with which Secretary Kelly got illegal border crossings down proves he is a results-driven man.
And I think he will bring that same focus and results-oriented thinking to the West Wing.
Here’s the thing I’ve learned about Donald Trump over the last two years.
He likes to have the right people in the right jobs.
And if he doesn’t have them where he needs them, he is quick to make the corrections.
That to me is a sign of strength.
Remember how insane the new media became when Trump did a major shake-up on his campaign staff.
They were certain his adding Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon was proof positive that his campaign was imploding.
Yeah. It imploded all the way to the White House.
And just like then, the media is cluck-clucking that these resignations show a White House in “disarray.”
But that’s boloney.
If something isn’t working, you change it.
That’s not bad.
What’s bad is continuing to try and force a square peg into a round hole despite the fact that the damn thing won’t fit.
Reince Priebus was a square peg. And he wasn’t working out.
So rather than drag him along like dead weight, the President acted to correct the problem.
This is the sign of a good chief executive, not a sign of disarray.
And if Priebus and his RNC tag-alongs are the source of the back-stabbing leaks, dispatching him will be the opposite of “disarray.”
But then again, maybe the Enslaved Press is simply fretting over the loss of their source.
One final note.
It appears Barbara Lee – the Democrat Congresswoman from California – has grown a bit envious of all the attention Maxine Waters is getting for being a crackpot.
And her response to the hiring of General Kelly as CoS takes the cake.
By putting Gen John Kelly in charge, Pres Trump is militarizing the White House & putting our executive branch in the hands of an extremist.
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) July 28, 2017
If you need any further proof that John Kelly is the right man for the job, there you go.
Anybody who makes idiot Democrats try to out-crazy Maxine Waters is a keeper.
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