It was reported this weekend by the Associated Press and other outlets that President Trump came back from his overseas trip ready to make some serious changes to his White House staff. Frustrated with the leaks coming out of his administration and irritated by his press team’s inability to quash the Russia story that the mainstream media won’t let go of, the president is apparently thinking about bringing back some “blasts from the past” – the people who helped him win the Republican nomination last spring.
The AP reports that Trump is looking at both lawyers and public relations experts in an effort to expand the team and get out in front of bad news cycle after bad news cycle. The news comes as the media turns its focus on a new target: the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. The Washington Post reported Friday that Kushner was under some form of FBI investigation for allegedly trying to set up a backchannel line of communication with Moscow during the transition in December. The AP went further, reporting that the channel was intended to connect Russian military officials with Michael Flynn, who was briefly Trump’s national security adviser.
This news could mean that Kushner will go the way of Flynn in the near future as Trump struggles to put the whole Russia controversy behind him, but even if that doesn’t happen, the president could decide to bring back the people who brought him to the dance.
From the AP:
As he mulls changes, Trump has entertained bringing his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and former deputy campaign manager, David Bossie, formally back into the fold. Both Lewandowski and Bossie discussed the prospect with the president before his trip, according to one person told of the conversations.
So now we’re left to wonder what will happen to Trump’s current inner circle. Is Stephen Bannon on the outs? Will Trump send Ivanka and Jared back to New York City? Will Sean Spicer be let go as press secretary? What does the future hold for Priebus and Conway?
Time will tell, but Trump is certainly right to start looking for some major personnel changes. The media has been brutal on his administration – no doubt about that. But even taking that into consideration, his White House has not been the “well-oiled machines” that Trump once touted. He needs to surround himself with loyal soldiers who have the cleverness and the attitude that will allow him to do what he does best: Be Donald Trump. Until he has that team in place, his presidency will not be able to flourish the way we know that it can.