Witless House – Priebus mooched and trumped

Chaos at the White House continues.

Yesterday an interview with new communications chief Anthony Scaramucci whistled around the world, in which he abused Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

Now it seems that Priebus is being dumped.

Peggy Noonan summarises the Scaramucci  diatribe in Trump Is Woody Allen Without the Humor

The new communications chief, Anthony Scaramucci, who in his debut came across as affable and in control of himself, went on CNN Thursday to show he’ll fit right in. He’s surrounded by “nefarious, backstabbing” leakers. “The fish stinks from the head down. But I can tell you two fish that don’t stink, and that’s me and the president.” He’s strong and well connected: “I’ve got buddies of mine in the FBI”; “ Sean Hannity is one of my closest friends.” He is constantly with the president, at dinner, on the phone, in the sauna snapping towels. I made that up.

“The president and I would like to tell everybody we have a very, very good idea of who the leakers are.” Chief of Staff Reince Priebus better watch it. There are people in the White House who “think it is their job to save America from this president, okay?” So they leak. But we know who they are.

He seemed to think this diarrheic diatribe was professional, the kind of thing the big boys do with their media bros. But he came across as just another drama queen for this warring, riven, incontinent White House. As Scaramucci spoke, the historian Joshua Zeitz observed wonderingly, on Twitter: “It’s Team of Rivals but for morons.”

It is. And it stinks from the top.

Fox News: Scaramucci-Priebus feud: Who will survive White House war?

Anthony Scaramucci’s shocking, on-the-record tirade has blown the cover off long-simmering tensions between two of President Trump’s key men, prompting one White House worker to express safety concerns and triggering a countdown to the exit of either Scaramucci or his target, Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

Scaramucci, the newly minted White House communications director, set off a firestorm with a rambling rant loaded with expletives and threats that The New Yorker published. The coarse language directed at Priebus and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, as well as blanket threats to fire people, left some inside the White House shaken.

“This is getting out of hand,” a White House staffer told Fox News. “I am honestly concerned for my safety in the office tomorrow. This type of behavior is unbelievable. Working in the White House, and something like that is said … it’s a disgrace.”

Former Republican National Committee boss Priebus was left seemingly even more isolated in the aftermath. Scaramucci all but accused Priebus of media leaks, a recurring problem that has vexed the Trump administration.

Other RNC colleagues brought into the administration have been nudged out of the West Wing, and Scaramucci’s hiring came with the rider that he reports directly to Trump – not Priebus.

Despite absorbing a brutal attack, Priebus received no outward signs of support. As of Friday morning, Trump had not weighed in on the mushrooming controversy. The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., backed Scaramucci.

Scaramucci appears to have been employed as a hit man. Trump has now weighed in, heavily.

Details from NY Times: Reince Priebus Pushed Out After Rocky Tenure as Trump Chief of Staff

Reince Priebus, the establishment Republican-turned-loyalist to President Trump who served as his White House chief of staff for the last six months, was pushed out on Friday in the latest convulsion in a chaos-wracked West Wing to which he had repeatedly failed to bring some semblance of order.

Convinced that Mr. Priebus was not strong enough, Mr. Trump has been talking about bringing in “a general” as chief of staff and chose John F. Kelly, the retired Marine four-star general serving as secretary of homeland security.

Priebus had not been able to control the White House but I don’t think he was the biggest problem.

The story is still unfolding:

Some of Scarmuzzi’s tirade yesterday:

“They’ll all be fired by me. I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I’ll fire tomorrow. I’ll get to the person who leaked that to you. Reince Priebus—if you want to leak something—he’ll be asked to resign very shortly.” The issue, he said, was that he believed Priebus had been worried about the dinner because he hadn’t been invited. “Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac.”

He reiterated that Priebus would resign soon, and he noted that he told Trump that he expected Priebus to launch a campaign against him. “He didn’t get the hint that I was reporting directly to the President,” he said. “And I said to the President here are the four or five things that he will do to me.” His list of allegations included leaking the Hannity dinner and the details from his financial-disclosure form.

“O.K., the Mooch showed up a week ago. This is going to get cleaned up very shortly, O.K.? Because I nailed these guys. I’ve got digital fingerprints on everything they’ve done through the F.B.I. and the fucking Department of Justice.”

http://www.newyorker.com/news/ryan-lizza/anthony-scaramucci-called-me-to-unload-about-white-house-leakers-reince-priebus-and-steve-bannon

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34 Comments

    • PDB

       /  July 29, 2017

      Fox are reporting he actually resigned yesterday before being pushed……….they are also saying his resignation was one of the very few things not leaked before it happened…..

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      • His replacement Gen. John Kelly lost his 29-year-old son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, killed while serving in Afghanistan.

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  1. Here is the Scaramuzzi tirade from yesterday:

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  July 29, 2017

      The basic democratic assumption, that disagreements can be resolved through discussion rather than coercion and violence, is being eroded from the very top. Note the language of Scaramucci’s outburst: “I want to fucking kill all the leakers.”

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  July 29, 2017

        Can’t run a team with half of them working with the enemy. Sounds like its an overdue cleanup.

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        • duperez

           /  July 29, 2017

          The Trumpster Machine can’t have it’s progress slowed or hijacked by internal bits and pieces. It needs everything operating together to achieve what it wants. Find and get rid of the dead weight.

          Interesting when you chuck the brakes off, remove the airbags and get rid of the extraneous padding and any moderating devices though. When that’s achieved Huckabee Sanders will come on for the briefest of briefings and simply say to the gathered media, “Get fucked.”

          She will do it with style and animation knowing that she could be next to go. She will know she is dispensable though and soon to be redundant as the Pres realises he could achieve the same result, get exactly the message out at his 2.27am leisure with one digit.

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        • Joe Bloggs

           /  July 29, 2017

          So you’re advocating for the violent overthrow of anything that doesn’t fit your political agenda … nasty troll.

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          • duperez

             /  July 29, 2017

            I’m not advocating for anything. I’m just commenting on how Trump followers want to see the world. The best opposition is no opposition, the best accountability is just getting on and doing what you want to do, checks and balances can be provided by way of cheques and balance sheets.

            I like the comment about being ‘eroded from the very top.’ The body wants to run the New York marathon, a lot of the body is ready to run it, some parts are good enough to win it. Pity that the brain is in the ‘just about ready to learn to walk’ stage. The Americans wanted something different, they’ve got it.

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  July 29, 2017

    I’m guessing McCain has burnt the last bridge between Trump and politicians.

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    • MaureenW

       /  July 29, 2017

      Meaning??

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  July 29, 2017

        It’s war within the Republican party and between the administration and Congress. Expect Trump to get rid of as many ex politicians and their appointees as possible and replace them with business and military people. He will look to win not compromise.

        That’s my gut feeling.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  July 29, 2017

          It’s supposed to be a government, not the Trump firm.

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  3. So what the hell was the Scarramuzzi blast yesterday all about if it was already a done deal?

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  July 29, 2017

      Grandstanding, big-noting, and mouthing off for bigly donny’ benefit.

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  4. lurcher1948

     /  July 29, 2017

    Want a job with security apply to the White House,nutters and bullies preferred.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 29, 2017

      Had to give you another uptick, Lurch. This is becoming a habit. Thanks for the chuckle.

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  5. “The fish stinks from the head down”

    Good instincts there Scaramucci.

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    • Weird that the part the swamp being actively drained is entirely Republican thus far.

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      • Trumpenreich

         /  July 29, 2017

        You don’t understand the big picture.

        This isn’t Reps vs Dems. Its Globalist vampyre squid vs Nationalist god-emperor.

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        • Conspiratoor

           /  July 29, 2017

          Wrong, suggest you put the mirror down and bone up on the tet offensive. It is the end game between three great social forces – socialism, islam and nationalism. Unfortunately two have joined forces against the third and it will not end well

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  7. truth is ((VASTLY) stranger than fiction.

    Watching every political drama in history and schooling oneself in every Machiavellian art could never prepare one for the White House reality.

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  8. duperez

     /  July 29, 2017

    Things will settle down, the future is secure. And there’ll be the highest concentration ever of Wall Street people in Washington. Wasn’t that one of the pre-election lines? The Don delivers.

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  9. artcroft

     /  July 29, 2017

    I hear Jeff Sessions has already cleared his desk and said goodbye to his staff. He’s just waiting for the WH to call him in for a meeting… sorry Trump to tweet news of Sessions resignation.

    “That c**t Sessions has c**k blocked me for the last time. P**s off Jeff. #Make America Great Agian

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    • lurcher1948

       /  July 29, 2017

      You are going to upset the nutters who love you PG key words DUMB RIGHT WING
      NUTTERS seems so easy

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