It’s not al­ways ‘you’re fired’ when Trump forces staff out

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON: Real es­tate de­vel­oper Don­ald Trump shot to na­tional fame as a real­ity tele­vi­sion star on “The Ap­pren­tice” with the snappy tagline: “You’re fired!” Now pres­i­dent, Trump of­ten makes other peo­ple in the White House do the dirty work - or shames those he wants out into quit­ting them­selves. Ways in which Trump has pulled the plug on aides:


Trump an­nounced on Fri­day he was re­plac­ing his chief of staff af­ter months of spec­u­la­tion about Priebus’s fate and a se­ries of be­lit­tling and emas­cu­lat­ing com­ments from Trump and other White House aides. Priebus told CNN that he’d re­signed on Thurs­day af­ter it be­came clear to him the pres­i­dent “wanted to go a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion.” The for­mer Repub­li­can Party chair­man added: “He in­tu­itively de­ter­mined that it was time to do some­thing dif­fer­ently. And I think he’s right.”


When the pres­i­dent de­cided to fire the FBI di­rec­tor in May, he de­ployed one his most trusted and long­est-serv­ing aides to carry out the task: body­guard-turned-se­cu­rity di­rec­tor-turned di­rec­tor of Oval Of­fice op­er­a­tions Keith Schiller. Schiller was sent to the Jus­tice De­part­ment to de­liver a let­ter no­ti­fy­ing Comey of his fir­ing. But the di­rec­tor was in Cal­i­for­nia for a pre­vi­ously sched­uled ap­pear­ance and learned of his dis­missal from TV.


Af­ter months of in­fight­ing and neg­a­tive head­lines dur­ing the cam­paign, Trump fi­nally de­cided in June 2016 to oust his cam­paign man­ager. Lewandowski had guided the cam­paign with the motto, “Let Trump be Trump.” Trump had stuck with Lewandowski even af­ter he was ac­cused of rough­ing up a fe­male re­porter. He agreed to pull the plug only af­ter an in­ter­ven­tion from his adult chil­dren and his son-in-law, Jared Kush­ner. Lewandowski was un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously es­corted out of Trump Tower in Man­hat­tan by se­cu­rity af­ter be­ing no­ti­fied of his dis­missal, but con­tin­ued to speak with Trump reg­u­larly.


New Jersey’s gov­er­nor spent months lead­ing the pres­i­dent-elect’s tran­si­tion team, pulling to­gether pol­icy pa­pers and com­ing up with lists of po­ten­tial Cabi­net mem­bers. But Trump de­cided he no longer re­quired Christie’s ser­vices in the days af­ter his elec­tion vic­tory and re­placed his long­time per­sonal friend with Mike Pence, the vice pres­i­dent-elect. This time, ac­cord­ing to The New York Times, Trump gave chief strate­gist Steve Ban­non the chore of telling Christie he was out.


Trump chose to fire his cam­paign chair­man amid a steady stream of neg­a­tive head­lines about Manafort’s for­eign con­sult­ing work. He tech­ni­cally re­signed from the po­si­tion last Au­gust af­ter Trump made clear his time was done. Trump’s mid­dle son, Eric Trump, said in an in­ter­view at the time that his fa­ther was con­cerned that ques­tions about Manafort’s past were tak­ing at­ten­tion away from the bil­lion­aire’s pres­i­den­tial bid.


Trump’s cam­paign ad­viser-turned-na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser re­signed in Fe­bru­ary, fol­low­ing re­ports that he had mis­led Pence and other of­fi­cials about his con­tacts with Rus­sia. In his res­ig­na­tion let­ter, Flynn said he gave the vice pres­i­dent and oth­ers “in­com­plete in­for­ma­tion” about his calls with Rus­sia’s ambassador to the US But Flynn’s res­ig­na­tion wasn’t vol­un­tary. Trump later said that he’d fired Flynn, and blamed leaks from in­tel­li­gence agen­cies and bi­ased re­port­ing from the “fake me­dia” for forc­ing his hand.


The man be­hind many of Trump’s ear­li­est and most pop­u­lar cam­paign ideas was pushed out of Trump’s cam­paign in the sum­mer of 2015 fol­low­ing a re­port that he’d posted racially charged ma­te­rial on his Face­book page. This time, Trump de­liv­ered the news to Nunberg di­rectly over the phone. The cam­paign also re­leased a state­ment that falsely min­i­mized Nunberg’s role in the cam­paign, de­scrib­ing him as a “short-term con­sul­tant” and “low-level” staffer.


The White House press sec­re­tary an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion ear­lier this month af­ter six months on the job. He quit af­ter Trump tapped New York fi­nancier An­thony Scara­mucci to serve as White House com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor. Spicer, who had long been seek­ing the more strate­gic, be­hindthe-scene role, quit with lit­tle warn­ing, telling The As­so­ci­ated Press that he felt it would be best to give Scara­mucci a chance to start the job with a “clean slate.” Spicer was not fired and said in an in­ter­view with Fox News that the pres­i­dent wanted him to stay on. But he had been sub­jected to a string of pub­lic slights by his boss, in­clud­ing be­ing ex­cluded from a Trump meet­ing with the pope dur­ing a trip to the Vat­i­can and a se­ries of pub­lic state­ments in which Trump said that Spicer had been beaten up by the press. — AP

WASH­ING­TON: In this July 21, 2017, file photo, for­mer White House press sec­re­tary Sean Spicer walks down the steps of the Eisen­hower Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fice Build­ing to­wards the White House. —AP

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