Amid rumors of a shakeup of President Trump’s staff, senior sources at the White House say that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is the most in danger of losing his job.
According to a Friday Washington Post report, Priebus’ job has been in jeopardy since Trump’s inauguration, and allies do not expect him to hold his position much more than a year.
“For somebody who was rumored to be on his way out week one, if he lasts six or seven months, it is a success,” said one senior White House official.
The Post reports that Trump wants to tamp down the chaos in the White House, and prefers someone with more governing experience in the chief of staff role. Sources revealed two candidates who are being considered for the job—budget director Mick Mulvaney and Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), an avid Trump supporter.
One of the Post’s White House sources claimed that Priebus is “the most imperiled person here.” Others argue that Trump is pleased with Priebus, and that media reports regarding his possible dismissal strengthen the president’s loyalty to his chief of staff.
Priebus’ job security could hinge upon whether Congress passes healthcare and tax reform. The Hill reported that “Priebus is heavily involved in the White House efforts to repeal ObamaCare and pass tax reform, and could exit the White House early to save face if he feels he’s accomplished his goals.”
According to White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters, Priebus is very involved with the Republicans’ new healthcare initiative and tax reform efforts, and is working “day and night” to achieve the goals of President Trump’s agenda.
“Reince’s only priority is moving the president’s agenda forward, and he works day and night toward that goal,” Walters said. “He is keeping the entire administration, from the White House to the agencies, focused on the president’s top policy objectives: repealing and replacing Obamacare, significant tax reform and rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure.”
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