WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is tired of being told “no.”
Six weeks of staff churn and the ruling shocks reflect a president who has grown increasingly rely on the job and more confident of his instincts. After 14 months in the Oval Office, Trump is more comfortable against the opinions of the members of the White House and congressional Republicans, and that is increasingly making even his allies on the outskirts.
Trump, an even more dramatic shake-up in mind for his administration.
The president has floated to outside advisors a plan to do away with the traditional West Wing power structure, including the formal chief of staff role for the advantage of the more free-wheeling atmosphere that it enjoyed during the run of his company and later his presidential campaign in Trump Tower.
The sense of fear is palpable in the West Wing, where the tempers too short and restless employees to discuss their future opportunities at work behind closed doors, according to six White House officials and various external advisors. They spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the internal dynamics.
Recent success to the staff rely almost exclusively on the initiative of the president himself. He congratulated the Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election, and not chide him about the tainted votes or the poisoning of a spy in British soil. He pushed forward with steel and aluminium rates, in which his main economic adviser to stop. And he agreed to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, and to the surprise of many national security officials.
Thursday’s announcement of national security advisor H. R. McMaster, the impending exit continuation of the trend.
The two men never clicked personally, and Trump was known to complain when he saw extensive meetings with the national security adviser on his schedule. Trump, as he did with dismissed state Secretary Rex Tillerson, grew frustrated at McMaster would try to curb some of his ideas about international relations, according to the White House officials and outside advisors.
Now he has turned to the former U. N. Ambassador John Bolton, who Trump described to the outside of a confidential adviser as a “killer” on tv and the chance to forcefully advocate for the president’s beliefs, in spite of the sometimes divergent views on the American intervention abroad, according to a person familiar with the president’s views but not authorized to discuss them in public.
Trump has admired Bolton for years, tweeting in 2014 and his praise of an article in which Bolton called for more domestic oil drilling. He has expressed appreciation for Bolton appearances to defend Trump, even though he has expressed some dissatisfaction with the appearance of Bolton’s bushy moustache, according to the person who is known to the chairman of the think.
Trump is not completely unmoored from his assistants. After threatening on Friday to veto a $1.3 trillion spending agreement are staff members had already promised that he would sign, Trump came back after a concerted lobbying efforts of its legislative team and the Cabinet secretaries. But not before venting his frustration on the process and the invoice will be made in a part of his own team, in a hastily called “press availability” in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House.
Trump has long chafed at how the chief of staff to John Kelly has slowed down access to him in the Oval Office and has thought about doing away with the gatekeepers, according to two people familiar with the president’s thinking, but it is not allowed to publicly discuss private conversations.
Trump, who often muses about the staff shake-ups without following through, seems to have been filed on the idea for now. But it received a ringing endorsement of his former chief strategist Steve Over during a panel discussion in New York on Thursday.
Over proposed a system of “five or six direct reports” to the Oval Office would fit to the president of the appropriate style of leadership
“I think the president is a very hands-on manager, and feels more comfortable” with such a style, said Over , who spoke admiringly of Kelly, but said the head of the staff of ‘ too much structure in the White House.”
Reince Priebus, Trump of the first chief-of-staff, “was a little more like President Trump. General Kelly came in and it was completely different, very ordered, very structured,” said Over, who had his own falling out with Trump. “I think we have seen a response and I believe you will see that the president much more directly in contact with the staff of people.”