There’s a new report out this morning that suggests that Trump is very unhappy with one of his cabinet members and wants to fire him:
NY POST – President Trump is considering firing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, according to a report on Monday.
Trump is fed up with Ross over the lack of progress in trade negotiations and the defeat in the administration’s fight to get a citizenship question added to the 2020 Census, White House aides and allies of the president told NBC News.
The president reportedly has discussed finding a replacement for Ross in phone calls with close allies in the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling that blocked the question from being added to the census.
The network also said Trump has been frustrated with how Ross has run the Census Bureau, which is within the Commerce Department.
It’d be a big deal for Trump to let another cabinet member go, especially Ross. He was one of the few cabinet members to get overwhelming support for his nomination, but that could have been because he was a registered Democrat until Trump was going to pick him for the nomination.
But the report also suggests, that while Trump isn’t happy with Ross, he might not go as quickly as Trump would like:
Ross, one of the few original cabinet officials remaining in the Trump administration, could be pushed out as soon as this summer, the report said.
His saving grace, however, could be his personal relationship with the president — and that Trump doesn’t want to have to push out another cabinet member so soon after Labor Secretary Alex Acosta’s resignation.
The two have known each other since the 1990s, when Ross represented some of Trump’s creditors during his Atlantic City casino bankruptcies.
Ross, a registered Democrat, endorsed Trump in 2016.
The White House declined to comment to NBC News.
It wouldn’t bother me one iota if Trump fired Ross. He’s been there from the beginning and it’s time Trump picked someone more conservative to run the Commerce Department.
Certainly though the media will try to make hay out of it, but I don’t think Trump would have much problem defending his decision.