Reince Priebus: Is Trump Chief of Staff the Leaker?
If President Trump is going to drain the swamp, he must begin with some around him.
He may have needed a few Republican insiders to help with the transition. But now it’s time to hit the eject button.
Recall a while back that Reince Priebus’ Chief of Staff was outed as one of the White House leakers.
Walsh has infamously loose lips. As we previously reported, Walsh is the suspected White House leaker.
“Everyone knows not to talk to her in the White House unless you want to see it in the press,” says a source close to the president. “The only question is whether or not she’s doing it at the behest of [White House Chief of Staff] Reince Priebus or if she’s doing it to advance herself in DC media circles.”
One source in particular stands out: Walsh is close to Maggie Habberman, a New York Times reporter who wrote fawning pro-Republican National Committee stories during the presidential election. Walsh has also planted stories in The Washington Post and Politico.
Walsh is set to join America First Policies. The political group is comprised of Trump campaign veterans, but struggles to engage in its key goal: to “boost the White House in its biggest policy fights.”
Well, the apple didn’t fall too far from the political tree. And as some people believe, Priebus will soon hit the road.
According to Axios:
President Trump knew that appointing Anthony Scaramucci as communications director would humiliate Reince, who fought hard against it.
Scaramucci was smuggled into the meeting with the President on Thursday so Reince wouldn’t know about it. Trump had already taken pains to hide the discussions from his Chief of Staff, knowing Reince would try to foil the move.
Trump also knew that inserting a line in the press release saying Scaramucci would report directly to the President — doing an end-run around Reince — was perhaps an unendurable public humiliation.
If we’ve learned anything so far about this President, it’s that in real life he actually hates saying “you’re fired.” So what might it take for Reince to quit?
Reince has very few true allies inside the building. At this point, they don’t stretch much further than his personal assistant and the RNC holdovers on the press team.
At the senior level, the only WH official who will go to the mat for Reince’s survival is Steve Bannon. They’ve become allies of convenience in a feud against Jared and Ivanka (“Jivanka,” as Bannon calls them to associates.) Jared and Ivanka distrust Reince, think he’s incompetent, and want him gone ASAP.
Still, there’s no obvious replacement, though a number of names have been tossed around. (This is why I’ve never written a Reince-is-terminal story in this newsletter.)
I agree with much of this assessment.
Reince Priebus was a good fundraiser. That’s why he replaced Michael Steele. But Trump doesn’t need a fundraiser.
As for the appointment of Scaramucci, Trump wanted a warrior and a strategist. He needed somebody who can find the moles within the Trump administration.
The way President Trump currently goes about his business serves as a warning to his RINO staff. He won’t solve his leaks right away, but he will narrow the field. Then at some point he will use the leakers for his own good.
After that, Trump will drain his own swamp.