Shake Up in the Trump White House
WASHINGTON, August 2, 2017 – In a move sure to bring tumult to an already tumultuous administration, the Trump Administration’s communications director Anthony Scaramucci was forced to resign after only eleven days. Many have suggested that his profanity-laden tirade against the chief of staff Reince Priebus as well as his threat to eliminate the entire White House Communication’s staff was what led to his forced resignation. Scaramucci’s appointment was fraught with controversy. In response to his appointment, Sean Spicer resigned as Sean Spicer is a supporter of Priebus.
In Scaramucci’s rant he called Priebus an “(expletive) paranoid schizophrenic” and threatened to fire him. He also insulted chief strategist Steve Bannon and claimed that he was “trying to suck his own (expletive).” Donald Trump felt that Scaramucci’s rant was “inappropriate.” John Kelly, the new chief of staff, had a conversation with Scaramucci after he was sworn in as chief of staff and dismissed him.
Scaramucci was not the first individual to be ousted from the Trump Administration. Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, resigned only twenty four days into the Trump Administration over receiving income from Russian companies which he lied about to investigators. Reince Priebus, Scaramucci’s rival and chief of staff, was also drummed out for failing to impose order in the increasingly chaotic administration.
Derek Harvey, Trump’s Middle East adviser, was ousted in July by national security adviser H.R. McMaster who apparently “wanted his own guy.” McMaster ousted a number of officials whom Flynn hired presumably over security concerns. White House press aide Michael Short resigned rather than be fired by Scaramucci over leaks to the press.
Walter Shaub, the Ethics Director, resigned over concerns about Trump not divesting his business interests and the administration’s delay in disclosing ethics waivers for appointees. The ethics waivers allowed Steve Bannon to continue communicating with Breitbart News where he was recently an executive. This is a clear conflict of interest and may have violated ethics rules.
Perhaps the most controversial firing was that of James Comey as FBI Director. Comey was fired by Trump. Comey happened to be leading an investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia. Trump explained he fired Comey over Comey’s handling of the Clinton email case. The Trump administration has seen a number of other firings, resignations and internal disruptions.