Report: Trump Gives Reince Priebus Ultimatum On Cleaning Up White House Dysfunction

When things aren’t working out as you anticipated, sometimes the best course of action is to shake things up in a bid to get the results you want. That can range from a small tweak here or there to a complete and total overhaul, and it’s up to those with the most skin in the game to figure out what needs to be done. As the Daily Mail shares, it sounds like that scenario is playing out behind closed doors in the White House right about now.

Reports indicate that President Donald Trump has provided his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, with an ultimatum. That ultimatum states that Priebus has until July 4 to clean up the dysfunction surrounding the White House. Failure to do so could lead to Priebus finding himself without a job.

A number of outlets have reported on this latest batch of drama from the West Wing, including Politico.

“I'm giving you until July 4,” Trump reportedly said during a contentious meeting. “I don't want them to come into this mess. If I'm going to clean house, they will come in as fresh blood.”

Trump was referring to former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and deputy campaign manager David Bossie, who he is considering bringing back into the fold. Lewandowski would reportedly be considered for a senior adviser role, while Bossie could be in the running for deputy chief of staff. The White House has denied the report.

“Whoever is saying that is either a liar or out of the loop,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.

CBS News has also pointed out that Priebus has been rumored to be on the chopping block for some time now.

“There have been no shortage of stories suggesting that Priebus and others in the White House are close to being fired, and yet Priebus has held onto his job,” the network reported.

We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out, but it wouldn’t be terribly surprising to see some changes to senior staff at the White House. Trump entered office with big plans and a ton of promise, but his agenda has been mired in quicksand. There’s a number of reasons for that, but the time for pointing fingers is coming to a close. The White House needs to do a better job getting out in front of things, and that begins by gaining control over the message.

Whether it’s leakers, problems on the communications staff, or the president’s proclivity for social media, senior staff spends an ungodly amount of time responding to allegations and putting out fires. That needs to stop, and the best place to start with that is by showing that the White House has a firm grasp on what’s going on.

From the outside looking in, that doesn’t appear to be the case right now, and Priebus could wind up being a casualty if things don’t turn around. If the president makes that move, he would be wise to use the opportunity to make some changes to his own approach to things as well.

Source: Daily Mail
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