[Ed. – The $64,000 question is whether Jared Kushner and Ivanka are willing to answer to Kelly and, more importantly, whether Donald Trump is willing to give Kelly the total carte blanche he needs to be an effective chief. Time will tell.]
The firing of bombastic White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci could mean any number of things.
If you’re a Trump fan, and you’re looking for the bright side of all of this, you could be somewhat heartened that Kelly didn’t let the problem fester. According to numerous reports, the former secretary of Homeland Security summoned Scaramucci to his office right after he was sworn in and asked him to resign. “Kelly wanting to turn the page,” one administration source told Axios. “New culture. Mooch no discipline. Thought he’d burned his credibility.”
It might seem counterintuitive to argue that an administration headed by a man who spent a decade telling people “You’re fired” on television needs someone on his staff who isn’t shy about cutting people lose for incompetence or for leaking or for losing credibility or for failing to support the president’s agenda with the appropriate vigor. But, judging from his passive-aggressive tweets and dysfunctional professional relationships, Donald Trump is clearly not that man.