(National Sentinel) Politics: With so much commotion swirling around Washington these days following President Donald J. Trump’s administration, you’d think that he fired an establishment operative last week or something.
When Trump fired former FBI Director James B. Comey and he got criticized for it from some Republicans and Democrats – the latter of whom were, the day before, still pushing the false narrative that Comey was responsible for Hillary Clinton’s electoral loss (not the candidate herself) – that should have told you all you needed to know about who Comey really is.
This is the guy, you may recall, who went out of his way during an unprecedented July 2016 press conference to lay out the FBI’s case against Clinton over her criminal mishandling of classified information via her home-brew email server, only to bust our balloons by then declaring that she would not be recommended for indictment because “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring the case. Oh.
Comey playing a role? Yeah, probably. It’s not hard to imagine he was one of the 99.9 percent of the Washington establishment who believed that Clinton would win in a massive landslide and she would be his next boss.
Anyway, the massive amount of leaking that was characteristic before and immediately after Team Trump took office in January has returned with a vengeance, all of which is being lapped up by the same corrupt media whose narratives Comey must have relied on when making the decision not to pursue charges against Clinton. And according to Axios, Trump may have had his fill of the chaos:
At the urging of longtime friends and outside advisers, most of whom he consults after dark, President Trump is considering a “huge reboot” that could take out everyone from Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon, to counsel Don McGahn and press secretary Sean Spicer, White House sources tell me.
Trump is also irritated with several Cabinet members, the sources said.
“He’s frustrated, and angry at everyone,” said one of the confidants.
The conversations intensified this week as the aftermath of the Comey firing pushed the White House from chaos into crisis. Trump’s friends are telling him that many of his top aides don’t know how to work with him, and point out that his approval ratings aren’t rising, but the leaks are.
“The advice he’s getting is to go big — that he has nothing to lose,” the confidant said. “The question now is how big and how bold. I’m not sure he knows the answer to that yet.”
Now, the report notes further, some of this information could be bluster – perhaps a way to find the leaks? – and it could become much less of a bloodbath that is being portrayed. Plus, nothing much may happen soon, as Trump is preparing to depart on his first international trip.
Still, for a billionaire businessman-turned-president who is still learning the ins and outs of D.C., as well as the role of commander-in-chief and chief executive of the country rather than a corporation, Trump appears to completely understand the lay of the land in the swamp and is preparing to make significant changes.
A big shakeup would say to others: “I get it. I’m moving on. I get that I can do a better job.” A top aide added: “He’s never going to say he did a bad job,” Axios reported.
An additional caveat: Trump may not be pleased with some of his Cabinet officials, either. “Either they’re tooting their own horns too much, or they’re insufficiently effusive in praising him as a brilliant diplomat, etc.” Axios noted, adding: “No Cabinet member is expected to go this soon, but a West Wing shuffle looks likely. One obstacle to recruiting new top aides is finding people who would have real clout with a president not prone to enforced order.”
One side note: During Trump’s first commencement address, at Liberty University, he bashed the establishment swamp for doing all it could to derail a president who actually wants to get things done for the American people, urging his audience to persevere.
“Nothing is easier or more pathetic than being a critic,” Trump said. “They’re people who can’t get the job done. The future belongs to the dreamers, not to the critics.
“You aren’t going to let other people tell you what to believe, especially when you know that you’re right,” the president said. “We don’t need a lecture from Washington on how to lead our lives.”
Also, this: Trump’s appearance drew a crowd estimated at 50,000, the most ever for a Liberty University commencement address.