The Trump White House Is In A "Death Spiral" Of It's Own
When news broke this morning that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and newly-hired Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci would both be on Air Force One with the President today, author Jonathan Allen tweeted:
"Reince, The Mooch and one parachute. Survivor, AF1. Coming to NBC this fall - or today."
As it turns out, he was exactly right.
Only a few minutes ago, tweeting from within Air Force One, President Trump announced his appointment of General John Kelly, current Secretary of Homeland Security, to be his new Chief of Staff, replacing the embattled Reince Priebus after a few short days of controversy.
Priebus is the former head of the RNC, and one of Trump's earliest hires for his new administration. Reports of conflict between Priebus and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon were widespread within the earliest months of the administration, but the rifts between the two seemed to have softened recently.
Some reports indicate that Priebus may never have enjoyed the full confidence of the President, but his tenure was never in serious question until the controversial hiring of former investment banker Anthony Scaramucci to be Communications Director this week.
Since the hiring, Scaramucci's has publicly aired his intensely negative perception of Priebus, describing him with colorful language and even announcing his intentions to force his resignation.
One can only imagine that a series of failures within the last week have left the President searching for a person to hold accountable, a quest clearly exacerbated and likely concluded by Scaramucci's intense criticism of and opposition to Priebus.
The firing itself raises many questions, including the adaptability of General Kelly to the clearly unstructured and chaotic West Wing environment and the identity of his successor at the Department of Homeland Security, but leaves unquestionable the obvious disfunction and self-sabatoging tendencies of the Trump administration.
Many political commentators have theorized that Trump enjoys, even thrives in chaos, attributing his unexpected campaign success to a unique and potent style. In 6 months we've seen the firing of an National Security Advisor, Deputy Attorney General, Communications Director, FBI director, and now Chief of Staff. Unfortunately for Trump, the US government demands at bare minimum an iota of consistency and predictability to operate effectively. Trump doesn't quite understand this basic truth, and continues to make erratic and impulsive decisions which hamstring his staff and make meaningful progress impossible.
The unpredictability of the Trump administration has left our allies unenthused and our enemies gleeful. We have lost our position of leadership, our standard of ethics, and the decency of our discourse. In six very short months, President Trump has managed to create unfettered chaos in all reaches of US government save the Supreme Court, all without the help of a serious crisis at home or abroad.
The truth is simple and clear: our President has absolutely no clue what he is doing. The death spiral of his White House continues with his newest firing, and we can only hope that the President refrains from further damaging the country the way he has his own administration and party.