The Hill is reporting that Trump is thinking about sparking THE PURGE: WHITE HOUSE edition after firing Rex Tillerson.
From the Hill:
In a sign of the bitterness between the White House and Tillerson’s circle, officials joked about fighting for the right to fire one of Tillerson’s top spokesmen, Steven Goldstein, who had issued a statement that differed from the White House account of the secretary’s exit.
Tillerson did not thank the president in his farewell speech and barely mentioned him, underscoring the bad blood.
In his own remarks, Trump said he and Tillerson were never on the same “wavelength” while heaping praise on CIA Director Mike Pompeo, whom he nominated as the next secretary of State.
Trump signaled that more changes could be on the way.
“I’m really at a point where we’re getting very close to having the Cabinet and other things that I want,” he said.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin could be next on the chopping block. Shulkin has been badly hobbled by an inspector general report that found he misused taxpayer money for lavish vacations. Shulkin has also been clashing with Trump political appointees on his own staff. The New York Times reported on Tuesday evening that Shulkin could be replaced by Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
They also cite McMaster, Sessions and John Kelly as possible purgees.
some in Trump’s inner circle think the president could use the momentum from Tillerson’s ouster for a purge.
“He needs to spend every day this week cleaning house so that the public and the press are so overwhelmed by the changes that there’s not enough time to absorb them all,” said one top Republican with deep ties to the administration. “That way, three weeks from now, it’s over, the Band-Aid is off and we’re back to focusing on the agenda.”
While the Tillerson news was cheered at the White House, the seemingly constant state of upheaval and turnover in the West Wing has been demoralizing to staff.
The base would absolutely love this because Trump could characterize it as purging the “deep state” and the swamp in order to bring in more Trump faithfuls.
And it’s only been one year…