The following is an excerpt from Daniel Marans | July 29, 2017 | Huffingtonpost.com |
This week was a tumultuous one in the West Wing, even by the drama-laden standards of President Donald Trump’s White House.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus resigned on Thursday after newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci publicly singled him out in an ill-informed crusade against leaks to the news media, describing Priebus in one interview as a “fucking paranoid schizophrenic.” Trump, never one to shrink from a grudge match, was reportedly disappointed in Priebus for not punching back at the hedge fund manager-turned-spokesman informally known as “the Mooch.”
Amid that kind of surreal palace intrigue, it is easy to forget just how many top administration officials, most of them in the White House, have either left or been forced out since Trump took office in January.
It is common for presidents to shuffle staff over time, especially after major political setbacks. But the sheer number of high-profile dismissals and departures in Trump’s orbit so early in his presidency speaks to the unique chaos he has wrought with his management style, behavior and judgment.
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