President Trump has made a number of both alarming and expected personnel changes to his Cabinet over the past week. On Tuesday, he fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and there are rumors that H.R. McMaster is facing down his last days as National Security Advisor. And, don’t forget, Trump recently mixed up his council of Economic Advisors, appointing Larry Kudlow.
President Trump seems to be steaming ahead with all these jarring decisions despite bitter criticism and opposition from various corners of the DC political elite. This just goes to prove that Trump is still – as ever – running off of gut instincts, and is unpredictable as ever. No one knows what he will do next.
Supporters are viewing the idea as a positive one. One Republican operative said, “By firing these establishment figures — and others to come — this is Trump playing more to his core base,”
Trump’s former assistant, Andrew Surbian, said, “I think he has reached a certain point where he is sick of people inside the administration who are standing in the way of his policy agenda. But at the same time, I don’t think that means there is going to be a complete collapse of ideological diversity.”
Republican strategist, Brad Blakeman, said that President Trump “enjoys the give-and-take of the decision-making process. But once a decision is made he wants people to follow his orders to implement it, and without hesitation.”
President Trump himself stated that his management style thrives by “having two people with different points of view. And I certainly have that. And then I make a decision.”
“It’s a great move for the White House to be putting Pompeo into this position because he will reflect exactly what the president is thinking on the world stage,” GOP strategist Ron Bonjean added, “There is going to be a bond there and that is something that never happened with Tillerson.”
“He, himself, has used the word ‘chemistry’ in discussing personnel of late,” said conservative strategist Keith Appell, “He may not mind if someone close to him disagrees with him on a particular policy issue, but chemistry is clearly important to him.”