Just a day after Chris Ruddy, Newsmax Media CEO, joined President Trump for a drink (Trump had a diet Coke, Ruddy had a scotch), the long-time friend appeared Sunday on CNN’s Reliable Sources and unprompted, launched into an attack on the President’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, describing him as weak and incompetent.
Drinks two days ago…
After @POTUS finished dinner w. PM Abe, asked me to join him for drink, him diet Coke, me Macallan's. Talked for half hour.
— Christopher Ruddy (@ChrisRuddyNMX) February 11, 2017
And now Chris Ruddy told CNN, Trump’s not the problem, Priebus is…
“The White House is showing not the amount of order that we need to see. I think there’s a lot of weakness coming out of the chief of staff. I think Reince Priebus, good guy, well intentioned, but he clearly doesn’t know how the federal agencies work.
He doesn’t have a really good system. He doesn’t know how the communications flow … the President’s not getting the back-up he needs in the operation of the White House and sometimes the pushback he needs to have with a stronger … White House chief of staff.“
Is Priebus on the out? And will Steve Bannon now become de facto Chief of Staff?
A position many believed he should have been in from the start…
And his public stance seems popular…
After Ruddy hit Reince on @brianstelter's show, he told me he got text messages from 3 sitting Cabinet secretaries praising his performance.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) February 12, 2017