Another day, another Trump appointee removed from the White House.
First, it was Michael Flynn. Then, it was Jeff Sessions, but it wasn’t, and then it was, and then it wasn’t… and then, it was Sean Spicer. And who could forget Anthony Scaramucci‘s ten-day stint as Communications Director?
Then, on August 18, now former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon became the latest member of the Trump team to be out of a job.
Why is yet another appointee leaving the White House?
Depending on who is asked, Bannon’s departure from the White House was “long-rumored,” according to the New York Times. Between his long-reported disputes with Trump’s National Security Adviser Lt. General H.R. McMaster, his general lack of approval from Trump’s new Chief of Staff John Kelly, bad-mouthing fellow Trump staff members, and downplaying the threat of North Korea in an interview, critics (including Chief of Staff Kelly) have been calling for Bannon’s removal.
Who made the decision?
CNN is reporting that Bannon was fired following his failure to resign — and was, in turn, “forced out.” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not confirm or deny that Bannon was fired, or left of his own accord. But, Bannon and Kelly “mutually decided” that August 18 would be Bannon’s last day. So, the stories are shaky all the way around, to put it nicely.
What’s next for Bannon?
Bannon’s previous employer, white nationalist news outlet Breitbart, is likely to welcome him back with open arms, the CNN report also states. Which reminds us to raise the question of why a known white nationalist like Bannon was even appointed in the first place — especially in the wake of the events in Charlottesville.
So, is this a good move or a bad move?
It’s a considerably good move considering Bannon’s white nationalist history. Following Trump’s initial reaction to Charlottesville and subsequent “many sides” statement, it looks good from a public relations perspective to remove those with ties to a white nationalist news outlet from the administration. It can give the appearance that Trump won’t tolerate that sort of rhetoric from his staff. And, of course, the whole making light of the North Korea situation couldn’t possibly look good for anyone involved.
But, what does it say about this administration, now that another appointee is out the door?
No matter the reasoning behind the move, or who orchestrated it, another appointee leaving on the heels of Scaramucci, Spicer, and Flynn… and Sessions (oh no, wait, he’s still in) could, and will, make the American people scratch their collective heads. We’re wondering what’s “really going on” in there. We’re watching Trump’s public persona and wondering how anyone could work for him. And our eyes are on the White House as though watching a reality television show (like, say, The Apprentice…). Our political system shouldn’t be viewed that way. We shouldn’t be wondering who gets “voted off” next week. And that’s exactly what’s happening.
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