President Trump’s announcement Friday via Twitter that he is replacing White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus with retired Marine Corps General John F. Kelly could bring more drawbacks than benefits.
This is the latest shakeup in the Trump administration, as the president struggles to better organize the West Wing and increase his administration’s efficiency and effectiveness.
The president was very considerate of Priebus’ service, unlike others who have exited Trump’s orbit in the past. “I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country,” President Trump said. “We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!”
To be sure, the public feuding going on within the White House up to now has been unacceptable. An administration simply cannot operate with a chief of staff who is the subject of continuing abuse from the president. Further, the administration is only hurt when a chief of staff is fighting openly with the communications director.
It is clear that what the Trump administration needs now is discipline. Beyond difficulties with domestic policy issues, when the administration is plagued by infighting the United States looks ridiculous to allies and adversaries around the world, diminishing America’s global status.
It seems that given the ouster of two seasoned establishment Republicans – Press Secretary Sean Spicer on July 21 and Priebus on Friday…