A major shake-up looms in the White House as President Donald Trump is considering a “huge reboot” that could see the removal of many of his close associates and staff that may include Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon, to counsel Don McGahn and press secretary Sean Spicer.
Axios reports that the President has been consulting with trusted longtime friends and outside advisers whom he meets after dark. Axios’s sources said that Trump is also irritated with several Cabinet members. One of the confidants shared that Trump is frustrated, “and to everyone.”
Trump’s trusted friends have been airing their increasing concern and rising worries to Trump with greater fervor lately following the aftermath of the controversial firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Trump’s friends are cautioning him that many of his top aides don’t know how to work with him. They are also reminding the President about his approval ratings, and are raising concerns about internal leaks in the White House.
The confidant shared that the advice the President is getting is to go big because he has nothing to lose, anyway. The only question now, says the confidant, is how big and bold the President is willing and prepared to go. The answers remain to be seen.
If Trump makes good on his ‘threats’ of a major shakeup, his innermost White House circle would shrink, leaving Jared and Ivanka as his closest allies and advisers within. But then there’s also the view that it is typical of Trump to warn about firing people when faced with challenging situations, but may not necessarily follow through on it. Sometimes it’s just the President’s way of venting and seeking reassurance. Then again he’s also capable of making decisive no-look back shock firing as what he did with Comey.
Trump may also just cut some of his associates out of the information flow instead of firing them. No Cabinet member is expected to go very soon, but a West Wing shuffle looks likely, nonetheless.