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- Rumors of chaos, disorder, and imminent firings and hirings have plagued President Donald Trump’s White House since its early days, but that may be Trump’s intention.
- Axios’s Jonathan Swan reports that Trump goes on “unguarded ramblings” about possible cabinet reshuffles, and doesn’t care if people leak them to the press.
Rumors of chaos, disorder, and imminent firings and hirings have plagued President Donald Trump’s White House since its early days, but that may be Trump’s intention.
After Trump said he would replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Vanity Fair reported that two Republicans in contact with the White House said there have been discussions that Trump could replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.
“But if Trump has settled on a concrete plan to replace any of them, it’s news to his closest advisers,” Axios’s Jonathan Swan wrote, after speaking to a group of Trump aides that traveled with him to Missouri on Wednesday.
While few of Trump’s cabinet members have avoided controversy, and reports of Trump becoming angry at members of his inner circle have become commonplace, Swan suggested that Trump’s off-the-cuff speaking style and love of rumors and gossip has been driving the narrative.
Trump “keeps [rumors] alive in the rumor-sphere with his own constant, unguarded ramblings,” wrote Swan. “And the people he talks to do not feel compelled to keep any of this to themselves – because they know Trump doesn’t care.”