President Donald J. Trump may be set to make additional changes to his Cabinet and White House staff, with one insider claiming that both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and chief of staff Reince Priebus are likely on their way out.
As reported by Lifezette, a longtime confidante of the president says that neither man is expected to remain with the administration for much longer:
The reason? Trump is deeply unhappy about the administration always being on defense, and he believes Sessions and Priebus have contributed to that situation. Trump thinks it’s time for “fresh” faces — people who will fight.
“They’re constantly on defense, and that’s driving Trump’s approval ratings down,” the source told the website, requesting anonymity to speak freely.
The source — not a government employee but someone who reportedly consults with Trump on a regular basis — noted that the commander-in-chief is a “builder” with no shortage of leverage over Congress. However, because of mistakes made by Priebus, the president has been unable to get a repeal-and-replace of Obamacare passed, or an infrastructure bill (or large-scale tax reform, for that matter). However, the source noted that could change quickly with a new, more aggressive, chief of staff to shepherd the president’s agenda.
As for Sessions, Trump has made it clear this past week he’s not happy with the attorney general having recused himself from the never-ending “Russia” investigations, although some GOP senators have gone on record saying they believe Sessions did the right thing.
“I don’t understand it. There’s no more honorable person I’ve ever met in my life than Jeff Sessions,” said Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., a Trump supporter but also a backer of Sessions, when asked by McClatchy DC about the president’s criticism. “The only person who is more upset with Trump about this than me is my wife.”
But that may be the problem. Sessions’ decision to recuse himself, while backed by former GOP Senate colleagues, also led to the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to investigate all things Team Trump and Russia. In the president’s mind, had Sessions not recused, Mueller wouldn’t be prowling around in search of “evidence” based on a bogus “collusion” narrative.
Or the Trump empire. Recent reports noted that Mueller is also looking into the finances of the president’s former company, now run by his sons — and that, too, has angered Trump.
Getting rid of Mueller — well within the president’s authority as head of the Executive Branch — would be a political minefield for Trump, but he could convince Mueller’s bosses at the Justice Department to do it. However, that, too, would likely lead to political difficulties for the president in getting his agenda through a GOP-controlled Senate that would not view either Sessions’ firing or that of Mueller with any great fondness. (Related: Spicer is out, Scaramucci in as WH spokesman; more changes coming?)
That said, the president is fed up having to deal with the nonsense. “Sessions has done nothing offensively” to relieve pressure on the Oval Office being exerted by the Deep State, the source told Lifezette.
And now, Trump may be closer still to asking Sessions to resign following a report last week that he had heretofore undisclosed conversations with a Russian diplomat about the Trump campaign — something he denied previously during his Senate confirmation. The source noted, “that was the last straw” in the president’s mind.
Among those being mentioned to replace Sessions: Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has been a long-time Trump advocate; and Trump’s strongest opponent for the GOP nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a former federal prosecutor and state solicitor general, Lifezette reported.
Time will tell. Sources said Trump had been unhappy with both Sessions and Priebus well before last week when he publicly stated he would not have appointed the former U.S. senator from Alabama if the president would have known Sessions would recuse himself so quickly from the Russia investigation.
J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.