In a move that marks a new personal low even for himself, Donald Trump just announced the firing of his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Twitter!
In the ultimate humiliation, he doesn’t even mention the name of his long-suffering, loyal Chief of Staff Reince Priebus until his third, and final tweet.
In many circles, this is known as “damning with faint praise.”
Forget for a moment that it was Priebus, as chairman of the Republican National Committee, who enabled Trump to gain the Republican nomination by orchestrating the floor vote so that no other candidate’s name could be placed in consideration.
Forget for a moment that Priebus was one of the extremely few members of his administration who had a passing understanding of Washington and how it works.
Forget for a moment that, at least publicly, Priebus has loyally stood by a man who openly undermined his authority and respect in the West Wing.
Trump’s announcement, using Twitter, was cold-hearted, ruthless, and totally uncalled for.
The writing was certainly on the wall when the new Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci compared his relationship with Priebus with that of Cain and Abel. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, another operative from the RNC, at least had the sense to resign and retain some modicum of dignity.
By appointing General Kelly, the current Secretary of Homeland Security to replace Priebus, Trump may have created a new problem for himself. Any replacement for Kelly’s post must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. And this is a Senate who might not be as favorably disposed toward the president as it was six months ago.
The other problem Trump faces is finding anyone remotely qualified who is willing to serve a man who has shown absolutely no loyalty to the people who report to him. Just ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
With General Mattis at the Department of Defense, General McMaster as the National Security Advisor, and now General Kelly as the White House Chief of Staff, the Trump inner circle is beginning to resemble the regime of General Juan Peron of Argentina in the 1950s.