Reshuffling the deck: President Trump continues to rebuild the West Wing
WASHINGTON, January 89, 2017: As Pres. Trump’s administration’s first anniversary inches closer, it’s time to look back at how it has changed over the last nearly 12 months. More specifically how President Trump continues to reshuffle the deck when it comes to his administration.
West Wing: January 2017
In what is not a surprise move by the President, his first personnel decision was to fire Acting Attorney General Sally Yates on January 30, 2017, just 10 days after her promotion by President Barack Obama. Yates is fired after instructing DOJ lawyers not to defend the travel ban. The White House’s official statement says Yates “betrayed the Department of Justice.”
West Wing: February 2017
Pres. Trump requested the resignation of his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about several meetings he had with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak prior to the inauguration. Flynn ended up only serving 25 days in his role. H.R. McMaster is now the national security adviser. As national security adviser, McMaster is successful on the fight to eliminate ISIS.
West Wing: May 2017
In what is probably the most controversial firing of Trump’s presidency, the president decided on May 9, 2017, to fire FBI director James Comey. The decision comes after meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein.
West Wing: July 2017
After only six months as White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer resigns amid shakeup within the White House Communications team and is later replaced with Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Spicer says he left because the White House communications team needs a “fresh start.”
In July, Trump once again reshuffled the deck and decided to fire White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Trump later tapped Homeland Secretary John Kelly as his new chief of staff. Kelly is now also working at restructuring the West Wing in terms of communication and staff.
Six days into his tenure as White House Comm. Director, Trump dismissed Anthony Scaramucci. Scaramucci gives an interview filled with expletives, which causes his quick dismissal. Pres. Trump then decided to appoint long-time Trump employee Hope Hicks as his new WH Comm. Director.
West Wing: August 2017
In what is the biggest move the West Wing has seen, Pres. Trump played his “trump card” and fired his Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. Trump says Bannon is “insane.” When Trump tapped Bannon, critics blasted the decision. The White House is not explaining the reason for Bannon’s firing but ABC News reports that Trump is becoming frustrated with Bannon.
Steve Bannon met with ‘Fire and Fury’ author Michael Wolff and said several critical comments about the Trump White House including Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and President Trump himself.
The White House has blasted the book calling it lies.