The White House Mess

Some readers seem to think that I am a die-hard Trump supporter.  Although I agree with much that Trump has formulated as his policies, on healthcare, immigration and jobs, nevertheless I made clear at the outset that there were three or more Republican candidates for President that I would have preferred over Trump.  Nevertheless, through his clever use of social media and direct communication with the American people, Trump won both the Republican nomination and defeated Hillary Clinton.  It behooves us to take such a winner seriously.  I also think that many people make a mistake when they equate intelligence with leadership qualities.  I have little doubt that most of my readers are more intelligent that Pres. Trump.  But, he’s the one who took the difficult path and won the race, and is now the leader.

However, Trump has had great difficulty in organizing an effective White House Staff. He fired his former spokesman (Sean Spicer), his former Chief of Staff (Reince Priebus) and his Communications Director (Anthony Scaramucci) in just over 10 days. This indicates a degree of chaos in the White House.  He tried a friend, Scaramucci, but it just didn’t work out.  Now he has brought in Gen.  John F. Kelly, whose first action was to fire Scaramucci.  It seems from the press briefings that Kelly is now in charge of all communications in the White House with the President, and the fluid situation with friends and relatives flowing in and out is now over.   Hopefully order will replace chaos and this will help Trump’s legislative plans.

The fact that Scaramucci lasted only 10 days, after he gave an expletive-laced interview to a reporter, is not bad news but good news.  Trump made a mistake and quickly reversed it.  That is being decisive, and now he has a strong ex-military Chief of Staff who hopefully will put the White House in good order.   It can only go up from here.