It was reported this weekend that President Trump, upon returning home from his successful first foreign trip, was planning a major shakeup of his White House staff. Frustrated by the neverending leaks, the continual “Russia story,” and the inability of his press team to properly convey his agenda to the American people, Trump is apparently ready to clean house and start fresh.
Those reports appeared to be validated on Tuesday when Mike Dubke, the White House communications director, announced that he was resigning after only three months on the job. Dubke, who has been a fixture in Republican politics for years, said in his announcement that he had turned his resignation in on May 18 but had agreed to stay on until the end of the overseas trip.
“The reasons for my departure are personal, but it has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration,” Dubke said, according to The New York Times. “It has also been my distinct pleasure to work side-by-side, day-by-day with the staff of the communications and press departments. This White House is filled with some of the finest and hardest working men and women in the American government.”
According to the Times, Dubke’s departure may only be the first of several changes Trump makes to his White House team:
A damage control plan assembled by the president’s aides would try to wall off the investigations by setting up a war room inside the White House and enlisting a high-powered team of lawyers outside the West Wing.
Corey Lewandowski, at one point Mr. Trump’s campaign manager last year, and David Bossie, who was deputy campaign manager, are in discussions about whether to come onto the White House staff to handle the political and communications response to the inquiries.
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, who has been the subject of much speculation, would stay on in this situation, but he might lead fewer on-camera daily briefings.
Well, the time has probably come for some of these changes. We get the feeling that Trump came into office in January hoping that, despite his campaign rhetoric, he could work with the “establishment.” He surrounded himself with figures who were suited to doing just that – work in tandem with the media, the congressional Republicans, and even the Democrats. And it has turned out to be a disaster. Leaks are flooding out of the White House at every turn, the media has thrown any semblance of objectivity out the window, and Congress is both tacitly and openly hostile to Trump’s agenda.
Trump was elected to go to war with the Washington establishment. It’s time to get some men in there who are ready for battle.