It’s no secret there’s been major drama behind the scenes in Donald Trump’s White House. Starting off on the wrong foot with the departure of Mike Flynn, and then the continued horror show of the “Russia” investigations — add to that expanded roles for Jared Kushner and Ivanka — it’s never a dull moment.
Coming in as a total outsider with little support even from his own Republican Party, the president faces challenges in simply getting a loyal, supportive staff around him — never mind the “Deep State” moles still well buried.
Now a new report from Axios writer, Mike Allen, says there’s even great changes afoot.
President Trump is considering a broad shakeup of his White House that could include the replacement of White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and the departure of chief strategist Steve Bannon, aides and advisers tell us.
A top aide to Trump said he’s contemplating major changes, but that the situation is very fluid and the timing uncertain: “Things are happening, but it’s very unclear the president’s willing to pull that trigger.”
Insiders tell me that the possibilities for chief of staff include:
> House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who developed a bond with Trump as one of the earlier congressional leaders to support him, and remains a confidant.
> Wayne Berman of Blackstone Group, a Washington heavy-hitter who was an Assistant Secretary of Commerce under President George H.W. Bush, and a key adviser on eight presidential campaigns.
> David Urban of the Washington advisory firm American Continental Group, and a former chief of staff to the late Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). Urban helped Trump win an upset victory in Pennsylvania, and was in constant cellphone contact with the candidate throughout the campaign.
> Gary Cohn, Trump’s economic adviser and the former #2 at Goldman Sachs, who has built a formidable team and internal clout.
Not that I (Michele Hickford) have any great contacts or insights, but the drumbeat from the get-go was that Priebus would not be in his post for the long haul. At least in my circle of associates, Priebus seemed a surprising choice to begin with.
Bannon still maintains that the rumors of his resignation are “100 percent nonsense,” but we all know how that goes.
Stay tuned folks. This should be interesting. Well, it already is.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]