Damn. I had Sessions in the pool.
As the jokes roll in over the firing (did he even officially start?) of Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci, the question is does this signal yet another day in the circus that is the Trump administration or has it turned the corner with retired Gen. John Kelly now at the helm. It’s too early to say for sure because it’s unclear whether first kid Ivanka and husband Jared will have to go through Kelly to get to dad. How about Miller? Bannon? Donald, Jr.?
Unfortunately for the Mooch, the minimum tenure to get invited to the annual WH Comms Directors Reunion is 3 weeks
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) July 31, 2017
Scaramucci is everything that is wrong with the slick, New York-style character who was less “refreshing” than grating and less “straight shooter” than obnoxious. With Kelly now in charge it’s not hard to see how he got the boot. The Mooch called a reporter from The New Yorker and laid waste to then-chief of staff Reince Preibus in the most foul-mouthed way possible. In the process, he claimed direct access to the boss, something Kelly would never stand for.
So scooch Mooch. Get lost. Don’t let the press briefing room hit you in the Bannon. Scaramucci wasn’t even around long enough to qualify for COBRA.
You can’t tell the (fired) players without a scorecard, so:
- Reince Priebus: Chief of staff for 189 days
- Sean Spicer: Press secretary for 182 days
- Sally Yates: Acting attorney general for 10 days
- Michael Flynn: National security adviser for 23 days
- James Comey: FBI director under Trump for 109 days
- Anthony Scaramucci: White House communications director for five days
Just how the White House functions without Preibus and his fellow cast-a-sides remains to be seen. It’s universally recognized by the people who have had the job that the chief of staff has to be the sole conduit to the president. With Priebus, the knock was that he, Bannon and Kushner were in essence, tri-chiefs of staff. That doesn’t work.
But how exactly is Kelly going to tell Ivanka and Jared they can’t saunter into the oval office to speak with the president? Maybe it’s already started. Ivanka, who is seen as supportive of LGBTQ people and causes, reportedly learned of the administration’s ban on transgendered persons serving in the military when her father tweeted it. (For what’s it’s worth, nobody gave the heads-up to the Defense Department, either. The tweeted policy isn’t a policy yet as it hasn’t been figured out how to enforce it).
It wouldn’t be the Trump White House if there wasn’t some sort of wrinkle in the “Gen. Kelly Takes Over” story. Several news outlets are reporting that Kelly wasn’t at all happy with the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and almost reigned over the way the whole Comey firing thing was handled.
So while Gen. Kelly may be asserting control as the new ringmaster of the circus, it appears that his loyalty to Trump may not be absolute. But then again, in Trump World, what is?