White House mulling replacements for Reince Priebus, preparing for Steve Bannon exit: report
by Terence Cullen
The Trump administration has been mulling who could potentially replace Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), according to a report.
Eleven weeks into his term, President Trump is considering replacements for Priebus — the former Republican National Committee chairman — as well as preparing for chief strategist Steve Bannon’s departure, according to Axios.
Along with McCarthy — a Trump ally — the White House is considering businessman Wayne Berman, political consultant David Urban and Trump’s economic adviser, Gary Cohn, Axios reported, cited aides and advisers.
A key Trump aide told the news website that while the President was considering a White House shakeup, nothing was set in stone.
“Things are happening, but it’s very unclear the president’s willing to pull that trigger,” the aide said.
News of the potential replacement comes as reports of infighting within the White House emerge.
Bannon and Trump advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner have reportedly traded barbs over policy matters.
The White House strategist was booted from the President’s National Security Council this week, and allegedly considered leaving his strategist post as a result.