MAJOR CLAIM going viral: Trump mulls White House shakeup

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First, it’s important to consider the source of the allegations.  Michael Allen is the is the co-founder and executive editor of AXIOS Media.  The new company is well funded and considered to be the next Politico.

Prior to launching AXIOS, Allen was the former chief political reporter for Politico.  He rose to prominence by writing a daily article called the Playbook.   The Playbook was launched in April 2010, and was inspired by his frequent correspondence with Obama’s White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer.   The New York Times called Allen, “The Man The White House Wakes Up To.’

That said, Allen published an article on Sunday which is sounding off alarms throughout DC.  Social media feeds are flowing with questions sparked by Allen’s article, and the cable news programs are speculating who will be fired first.

Entitled: “Scoop: Trump, irked at cabinet and staff, mulls sweeping shake-up,”  the article goes on to suggest that President Trump is upset with many of his key players and is considering a major shake-up.  In other words, Trump may be uttering the words, “YOU’RE FIRED” over and over again real soon.

Now, it is important to note that our very own Dennis Michael Lynch has said on numerous occasions recently that the president needs to insert some fresh blood into the White House.  For example, DML does not believe chief of staff Preibus is getting the job done.   Therefore, if you trust DML, then you shouldn’t completely blow off what Allen has to say.  However, it’s so hard to take Allen’s report seriously because it’s filled with “unnamed sources.”  Perhaps, Allen is just voicing his own opinions?  You decide…

Here is my synopsis of Allen’s article:

There’s apparently no one willing to go on the record to talk about President Trump these days, forcing reporters to quote only unnamed sources as they speculate about the president’s current state of mind.

DC writer Michael Allen cited “White House confidants” are claiming that “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.”

“He’s frustrated, and angry at everyone,” said someone who must be too frightened to reveal themselves as “the confidant,” but has no problem spouting off to Allen.

Claiming that the White House has gone “from chaos into crisis” after the firing of FBI director James Comey, Allen points out that Trump’s “approval ratings aren’t rising, but the leaks are.”  Then he goes on to quote the aforementioned confidant who claimed, “The advice he’s getting is to go big — that he has nothing to lose. The question now is how big and how bold. I’m not sure he knows the answer to that yet.”

Worried that Trump’s “innermost White House circle would shrink from a loop to a straight line of mid-30s family members with scant governing experience: Jared and Ivanka,” Allen cautions readers that “Trump often talks about firing people when things go south and does not follow through on it. So it’s possible these conversations are his way of venting, and seeking reassurance.”

One “trusted adviser” who obviously can’t really be trusted allegedly told Allen that “there’s an internal argument for minimizing drama by cutting people out of the information flow rather than firing them. So the existing structure may get ‘one more college try.”

“Friends” and a “top aide” attributed quotes to the president before he’s even uttered the words, saying that “if Trump goes with a grand shakeup, his implicit message would be: ‘I get it. I’m moving on. I get that I can do a better job,’ but ‘He’s never going to say he did a bad job.'”

Allen’s sources pretend to know exactly what’s going on in the president’s mind, saying, “Trump feels ill-served by not just his staff but also by several of his Cabinet officials. Trump has two complaints about Cabinet members: Either they’re tooting their own horns too much, or they’re insufficiently effusive in praising him as a brilliant diplomat, etc.”

The report goes on the criticize several issues facing the Trump administration, including trade with China, prison reform and the new healthcare bill.  You can see the list for yourself by clicking here.

But according to Allen, at least Trump has a friend in Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.  Allen claims that he’s “one of the few top officials winning Trump’s praise” after “going on ‘Meet The Press’ this morning (taped yesterday in Texas) defending his boss.”

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