White House national security adviser Michael Flynn recently became the first senior member of President Trump’s staff to lose his job. Flynn was forced to resign amid a growing controversy over his communications with Russian officials after the election.
Recent activity suggests that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus could be headed for the door as well, if a certain secretive cabal of media influencers get their way.
Matthew Boyle, the chief White House correspondent for Breitbart News, a Donald Trump fan website formerly run by White House senior adviser Steve Bannon, reports that Priebus’s future in the administration is “in doubt.”
According to Breitbart, multiple sources “close to Trump” are blaming Priebus for the all of the various problems that befalling the White House over the last several weeks, and are even circulating a list of potential candidates to replace Priebus as chief of staff.
The sources spoke to Breitbart anonymously, but the report comes on the heels of public comments by Newsmax CEO and Trump friend Christopher Ruddy, who told the Washington Post that Priebus was “in way over his head,” and suffered from “a lot of weakness.”
The sources blamed Priebus for the “botched” rollout of Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration, and for failing to convince Senate Democrats to move more swiftly to confirm Attorney General Jeff Sessions. White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who job is also rumored to be in jeopardy, was flummoxed by the accusations.
“What are you talking about?” he told Breitbart News. “What possibly could have been done to get Sessions done quicker? Is there some way he could have made Democrats vote?”
Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone, a shadowy figure who often operates on the fringes of society, also joined in the chorus of Priebus bashing on Tuesday, and suggested the White House chief of staff was to blame for Flynn’s ousting. “Reince’s purge of Flynn a ‘Pearl Harbor’ for Trump loyalists,” Stone tweeted dramatically. “Hope the midget is ready to rumble.”
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