Donald Trump’s White House was turned upside down this week as insiders said that a major shakeup is about to take place that could see some of the president’s top advisors out of the job.
Axios reported that the shakeup may include the replacement of White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and the departure of chief strategist Steve Bannon. This was confirmed by a top aide of Trump’s, who said the situation is very fluid and that everything is currently uncertain.
“Things are happening, but it’s very unclear the president’s willing to pull that trigger,” the aide said.
The four possible replacements for Priebus reportedly are:
- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who developed a bond with Trump as one of the earlier congressional leaders to support him, and remains a confidant.
- Wayne Berman of Blackstone Group, a Washington heavy-hitter who was an Assistant Secretary of Commerce under President George H.W. Bush, and a key adviser on eight presidential campaigns.
- David Urban of the Washington advisory firm American Continental Group, and a former chief of staff to the late Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). Urban helped Trump win an upset victory in Pennsylvania, and was in constant cellphone contact with the candidate throughout the campaign.
- Gary Cohn, Trump’s economic adviser and the former #2 at Goldman Sachs, who has built a formidable team and internal clout.
The Trump aide said it’s more a question of “when” not “whether” change will come.
“The tension, the exhaustion, the raw nerves have gotten much harder to disguise,” he said.
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