Report: Priebus’ Departure As Chief Of Staff ‘Imminent’
Yes. Word is Reince Priebus is “moving on”. I’m sure most of you are probably saying, it’s about time!
Recently Reince Preibus made an early return to the White House after traveling with President Trump overseas, fueling much speculation that the administration was in crisis and his position as Chief of Staff was in jeopardy. However, it was a big week with the recent release of the budget and continued discussions on tax reform.
As FOX Business reported Friday, Priebus’s position was once again in jeopardy. They also reported National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney are a few of the candidates under consideration to replace him if the president decides to go that route.
H/T Western Journalism:
Reince Priebus’ tenure as White House chief of staff will be ending very soon according to a new report.
Conservative blogger Erick Erickson reported Thursday that two White House sources informed him that Priebus’ “departure is imminent.”
“The president would like to land Reince somewhere still in government, but regardless has decided to move on,” according to Erickson. “I was not told who the replacement is or even that the president has settled on a replacement.”
According to Erickson, Priebus’ successor will not be Steve Bannon. He indicated David Urban — a lobbyist and former chief of staff to Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter — has been mentioned in the media as a possible pick.
“Choosing Urban would be bringing the swamp into the White House instead of draining it,” Erickson argued.
NBC News is one of the outlets reporting that Urban is in the mix. The West Point graduate and veteran of the Gulf War oversaw Trump’s successful Pennsylvania campaign operation, a state which flipped to the Republican column for the first time since 1988.
Urban, like Priebus, has many connections on Capitol Hill, which could help as Trump continues to push for his legislative agenda.
Another named being mentioned is the president’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn. However, the former Goldman Sachs executive is said to be skittish about having former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and campaign adviser David Bossie join the president’s staff.
Both Lewandowski and Bossie visited the White House over the weekend. It has been widely reported that the two men would be asked to oversee a rapid response team to handle the Russia investigation and counter the Democrats’ collusion narrative.
Commentary associate editor Noah Rothman conjectured if Priebus left as Chief of Staff that Lewandowski and Ivanka Trump would, in effect, fill the role.
Well, it’s going to be anybody’s guess isn’t it? Time will tell, like everything else.
One interesting note, recently David Bossie, former Deputy Campaign Manager for Donald Trump, spoke with Brian Kilmeade about reports the Trump administration was setting up a war room to counter the media and help Trump push his agenda to ‘Make America Great Again’. Bossie said no president has ever seen a permanent obstruction campaign like the one that President Trump is currently facing.
Whether you believe or don’t believe Priebus was a roadblock or provided a wealth of assistance for President Trump, remember one thing: Priebus did bring in the former Deputy White House Chief of Staff, Katie Walsh who was alleged to have been one of the major leakers within Trump’s White House. Again, how many conservatives trust the RNC?
Many Trump allies both inside and outside the White House believe that Priebus is not serving the president’s best interests, partially because of his loyalty to House Speaker Paul Ryan and partially because of his inability to deliver big ticket agenda items in the Trump White House.
In addition, until President Trump cleans out the Obama “leftovers” from the White House, there will still be “spoiled goods” from within. #DrainTheSwamp